Girish Kasaravalli is an Indian film director and screenwriter. He was born on December 3, 1950 in Kesalur, Thirthahalli Taluk, Shivamogga District, Karnataka, India. Girish Kasaravalli is known for his significant contributions to parallel cinema in Kannada, the language spoken in the state of Karnataka.
Kasaravalli completed his Masters in Economics followed by a Diploma in Film Direction from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. He started his career as a documentary filmmaker, working in the Department of Indian Films.
In the early 1980s, Kasaravalli made his mark in the Kannada film industry with his debut film “Ghatashraddha” (Ritual). The film was critically acclaimed and won the National Film Award for Best Kannada Film. It explored social issues and is known for its realistic portrayal of the caste system in rural Karnataka.
Throughout his career, Girish Kasaravalli directed several films focused on social and political issues, often studying the lives of ordinary people. His films are known for their realistic narratives, strong character development and exploration of complex human emotions. Some of his notable works include “Tabarana Kathe” (Tabara’s Story), “Tai Saheba” (Mother Guru), “Dweepa” (Island), and “Kanasemba Kudreyaneri” (Ride of the Maiden).
Girish Kasaravalli has received several awards and accolades for his contribution to Indian cinema. He has received several National Film Awards including Best Director and Best Film Awards. He has been honored with the prestigious Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
Kasaravalli’s films have been screened at various international film festivals and won acclaim, bringing global recognition to Kannada cinema. He is considered one of the leading figures of parallel cinema in India and has inspired a new generation of filmmakers with his artistic vision and storytelling ability.