Rajnikanth, also known as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, was born in Bangalore. A bus conductor in Bangalore in earlier days, now rules in the Tamil film world with his stunts.
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Rahul Dravid started his career with the nickname Jammy – because his father worked for a jam manufacturing unit.
R.K. Narayan is one of the biggest names in English fiction in India. R.K. Narayan, or Kunjappa, as his maternal grandmother called him, was born in erstwhile Madras in the Madras Presidency.
Even though R.K.Laxman is a humorist, illustrator and cartoonist, he is mainly known for his cartoon – the common man. He is regarded as a one of India’s greatest cartoonists of all time.
Putanna Kanagal is acknowledged as a master craftsman who was able to bridge the gap between commercial and parallel Kannada cinema.
Sri Purandara Dasa was a great devotee of Lord Krishna, a poet and a musician. He is considered as the father of Carnatic Music.
Amongst all the Dravidian languages, Kannada has the biggest influence on South Indian literature. Hiremath was not only a famous writer but also a revered poet, an essayist, a translator, a critic and an editor. He was also renowned for his oratory skills and his short stories.
Paler Lankeshappa, popularly known as P Lankesh, is one of the famous personalities that Kannadigas claim as their own. He was a novelist, academic and film director and his strongest claim to fame was as the Director of the tabloid, Lankesh Partike.
Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar is quite possibly the most famous contemporary Kannada film maker. He specialises in making movies which appeal to the youth of today, torn as they are, between their roots and a rapidly changing world.
Though there are many famous violinists in India, Manjunath and Nagraj, collectively known as the Mysore brothers, hold a unique spot in the hearts of classical music fans.