Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Shraddanjali to the three masters - 2- KS Ashwath

Have you seen these kannada movies - "Naagara Haavu", "Bhagyvantha", "Namma Makkalu", "Upasane", "Shubhamangala", "Bidugadeya Bedi", "Guna Nodi hennu Kodi"?

These are just few films that I have mentioned in which you will probably remember the veteran actor KS Aswath's role than the main roles.

Karaganahalli Subbaraya Ashwath, better known as KS Ashwath, was one of the very few character artists who could breathe so much of life in every role that he performed, even if the role spanned for five minutes. he enacted those roles flawlessly and effortlessly. Watching his roles in the movies was a treat and a pleasure. His getting into the role was so fantastic that the movie lovers felt that he was one among them.

I particularly remembering his pairing with Leelavathi. I think they had excellent timing and understanding with each other which led to very memorable performances from both of them when they acted together. The way he delivered his dialogues was so natural and he became a part of the film so easily. Be it a scene with Dr.Rajkumar or any junior artist, KS Ashwath had a magnanimous presence on screen.

Personally, Ashwath was known for his simplicity and discipline. He was one of those rare actors who never behaved like a star and never demanded more money for his work.

He has announced retirement a few years ago. But then he was forced by his colleagues to act once again.

Due to multiple organ failure, he passed away in the month of January, 2010. His presence will definitely be missed and I am sure no other character artist can reach the zenith that he touched.

As I watch his child-like smile on TV, I pray for his soul to rest in peace.

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