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Biography
Akul Balaji is an Indian film actor, television host, dancer who has worked in both Kannada and Telugu languages. He kickstarted his career by acting and hosting shows in television and is almost a decade old in the Kannada Film Industry. He shot to fame for co-hosting the hit Kannada reality show "Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu" on Asianet Suvarna Channel, with Kannada Star Sudeep.

Early life

Originally from a small town called Rly.Kodur in Andhra Pradesh, Akul Balaji was born to Shri. Akula Bhaskar Rao and Smt.Sarala Devi on 23 February 1979. After moving to Bangalore at age 16, he trained in Bharathanatyam under Smt.Usha Datar and later joined "Natya STEM Dance Kampni" headed by Madhu Nataraj as a contemporary dancer and learned Kathak from Guru Smt. Dr. Maya Rao. He has also dabbled in theater in Director Pawan Kumar's adaptation of Badal Sarkar's Evam Inderjit in 2004. He also has done an advance acting workshop under Mahesh Dattani.

Personal life


Akul Balaji married Jyothi, the niece of actress Vijaya Nirmala in 2008. The couple have a son named Krishaan Nag.

Television career


With humble beginnings as a small screen actor, he has come a long way by carving a niche for himself as a versatile actor and television host in Karnataka. He had won "The most popular anchor award" by Big FM Big TV for the year 2010 and he has to his credit superhit shows like "Kuniyonu Baara, Comedy Killadigalu on Zee Kannada. He has hosted super hit reality shows for Asianet Suvarna like "Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu" season 1 & 2, "Halli Haida Pyateg Banda", "Pyate Mandi Kadige Bandru 1", "Pyate Mandi Kaadige Bandru 2" which was shot in Andaman Islands, "Hosa Luv Story", and "Nodi Swamy Naavirode Heege".

He hosted "Mane Munde Mahalakshmi" a game show for ETV Kannada and "INDIAN". He hosted "Sye Ante Sye" for Zee Telugu. He also hosted the reality show called "ThaKaDiMiTha Dancing Stars" for ETV Kannada. He has acted in the following television serials: Agatha (Udaya TV, 2002) Guptha Gamini (ETV Kannada) Yava Janumadha Maithri (ETV Kannada) Jagalagantiyaru (Udaya TV) Pellinati Pramanalu (Zee Telugu, 2012)

Bigg Boss Kannada Season 2

Akul Balaji has won the season 2 of the Bigg Boss Kannada. There were four finalists in this seasons. Srujan Lokesh, Deepika Kamaiah and Shwetha Chengappa were the other three finalists in the house.