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B. V. Karanth
Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth

(1929-09-19)19 September 1929
Died 1 September 2002(2002-09-01) (aged 72)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Composer, film director, screenwriter, actor
Spouse(s) Prema Rao (1958−2002; his death)

Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth (19 September 1929 – 1 September 2002) was a film and theatre personality from India. Throughout his life he was director, actor and musician of modern Indian theatre both in Kannada as well as Hindi, and one of the pioneers of Kannada and Hindi new wave cinema. He was born in Dakshina Kannada.

He was an alumnus of the National School of Drama (1962) and later, its director. He has directed many successful plays and has directed award-winning works in Kannada cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri.

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