Senior actor-producer Nagaraj was born on 16th July 1939. He did Bachelor of Commerce from MES College in Malleswaram and Bachelor of Laws from Government Law College. He has two sons and two daughters- Ramkumar, film actor and son-in-law of Rajkumar, and Pranam who is blessed with psychic insights.
He was popular amongst celebrities in the film industry as a photographer as well as a cameraman which led him to take up acting in the movies.He renounced his traditional gold jewellery profession with the imposition of the Gold Control Act and took up photography - His creative talent made him a very well known photographer in Bangalore. Nagaraj also conducted tours to Nepal and other places.
He entered the film industry in the 1970s and acted in films like 'Bangarada Manushya', 'Ranganayaki, 'Sipahi Ramu', 'Haalu Jenu', 'Kesarina Kamala', 'Shabdavedhi' and other films. He also produced 'Pushpaka Vimana' which was appreciated world wide. And also he won National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment, President's Gold medal for him, and also critics applause.
Incidentally Shrungar Nagaraj died on his birthday. He completed 74 years on Tuesday 16th July 2013. He was 74 and has left behind two daughters and two sons including actor Ramkumar.