Kannada theatre owes much to Gubbi Veeranna, the man who founded the drama company that’s popularly known as ‘Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company’. He was a drama producer, director and an artiste.
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.