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Renowned stage and film actor Shimoga Venkatesh passed away in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 04, 07) at Shimoga. Sixty year old Venkatesh was involved in the new theatre movement of the seventies and eighties and had worked in many art and commercial films directed by many famous film directors. The actor is survived by two sons.
When the Kannada theatre movement was taking a different path, Shimoga Venkatesh took great interest to work in modern plays. He had zealously worked for promoting the modern theatre movement in his native town of Shimoga as well. Bhutto, Hamlet, Kattale Belaku, Nammolagobba Najookaiah, Aaspota, Tughalaq, Mooru Kaasina Aata, Mruchakatika, Macbeth, Hayavadana, Oedipas, Uttama Prabhutwa lolalotte were some of his plays. He was associated with the popular theatre groups like Benaka, Rangasampada, and Nataranga in Bangalore.
Venkatesh had also acted in Tele serials like Namma Nammlli, Bhagya, Sankranti, Aaghagata, Kevudana Madaiah Tande, Silli Lallli and Pa.Pa. Pandu.
He had acted in artistic and commercial films which has categorised him as a character artist. Chomanadudi, Kanneshwara Rama, Kittu Puttu, Mysoora Mallige, Beli Hendti, Undu Hoda-Kondu Honda, Kotreshi Kanasu, Chapala Chennigaraya, Gandharva, Sacchi, Munnudi, Shruti, Nee Midida Shruti, Accident and SP Bhargavi were some of his films.
He was associated with T.N. Seetharam, T.S. Nagabharana, Girish Karnad, M.S. Satyu and Dwarakish amongst others.
Noted film producer and director Dwarakish condoled the death of his friend Shimoga Venkatesh whom he described as a good actor and a wonderful friend.