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Vaishali Kasaravalli passes away

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Vaishali Kasaravalli

BANGALORE: Actor, television serial director and costume designer Vaishali Kasaravalli died at a private hospital here on Monday evening after a prolonged illness.

She was 58 and is survived by her husband and acclaimed film-maker Girish Kasaravalli, a son and a daughter.

Born in 1952 to a Gulbarga-based physician, film producer and director, the late Chitagopi, Ms. Vaishali was influenced and encouraged by her family's cultural outlook. She took interest in theatre right from her schooldays and later joined the B.V. Karanth theatre troupe.

She not only acted in plays but also translated Hindi and Marathi plays into Kannada.

She entered Kannada cinema at a very young age with Gitapriya's Yava Janmada Maitri in a small role and rose to don bigger roles later.

She has acted in over 100 films.

The film, Akramana, based on the late journalist B.V. Vaikunta Raju's life and directed by Mr. Girish Kasaravalli bagged her the Best Actress award instituted by the State. She had also bagged the national award for her costume designing for the film Thayi Saheba in 1998-99.

She directed the mega television serial Moodala Mane and Muthina Thorana despite her ill health.

Mourned

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has expressed his profound grief at her death. In a message, he said: “This multi-faceted artiste had exhibited her talent as a supporting actress and director in television serials and as a costume designer of national award-winning movies.

In her death, the Kannada film industry has lost a versatile artiste and director. May her soul rest in peace and may God give enough strength to the bereaved family to bear this loss.”

Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy president T.S. Nagabharana said Ms. Kasaravalli was a talented artiste and an expert in costume designing. The Akhila Bharata Janawadi Mahila Sanghatane State president Gowramma said that Ms. Kasaravalli's serials influenced the audience.

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