Bellave Narahari Sastri was a great dramatist and musician who defined and set the standards for professional playwriting in Kannada theatre.
Bellary Raghava was a gifted actor whose face and voice were well suited to the stage. He was a versatile performer and was involved in English, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi theatre.
Adya Rangacharya, a novelist, scholar, actor, dramatist, director and a renowned scholar contributed his entire life to Kannada theatre, becoming a cultural icon of his times.
A. V. Varadachar, a contemporary of Bellave Narahari Sastri, was one of the foremost playwrights in the gestation period of Kannada literature.
There are many luminaries in the arts scene in Karnataka, but none brighter than Padma Shri B.V. Karanth. He was an alumnus of the National School of Drama, where he served as Director in his later years.