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Vaishali Kasaravalli Biography

Vaishali Kasaravalli(12 April 1952 - 27 September 2010) was a noted Kannada actor, television serial director and costume designer.

Early life:
She was born on April 12, 1952 in Gulbarga to theatre enthusiast parents Dr. Chitagopi and Nirmala.

Career/Actor:
She was initiated to theatre by late Dr. B.V.Karanth. After her family migrated to Bengaluru, Vaishali acted in many plays including Hayavadana,   Jokumaraswamy, Midsummer Nights Dream, Natakakaarana Shdhaneyalli Aaru Paathragalu and many others. She also directed Sevanthi Prasanga and translated many classic works from Marathi and Hindi.
She made her film debut with `Professor Huchhuraya' in 1972. Her popular films are Akramana, Yarigu Helbedi, Kittu Puttu, Angaialli Apsare, Kraurya, Hombisilu, Swamy, Thabarana Kathe, Ksheera Sagara, Anukolakkoba Ganda, Asegoba Meesegobba, Mooru Daarigalu, Mahadasoshi Sharana Basava, Chandramuki Pranasaki, Panjarada Gili, Hoovondhu Beku Ballige, Vigneswarana Vahana, Shanker Guru, Palitamsha, Parivarthana, Sparsha, Nigatha, Akramana, Ganeshana Madhuve, Gowri Ganesha, Thavarumane Udugore, No 73 Shanthinivasa and others. Her performance as the leading lady in Aakramana directed by Girish Kasaravalli won her laurels and also a state government award for the Best actress.Vaishali also acted in tele-serials including Namma Nammalli, Kasa Musure Saroja, Malgudi Days, Kshamaya Daritri, Maaya Mruga, Manvanthara, Sadhane. Namma Nammalli directed by T.S.Nagabharana was the first of the serials she was featured in.

Director:
She has directed popular Kannada TV serials like `Muttina Torana' and `Moodala Mane'.

Costume designer:
Vaishali Kasaravalli was costume designer for her husband Dr Girish Kasaravalli films such as Bannada Vsha, Mane, Kubi Mathu Iyyala, Kraurya, Thai Saheba (won national award in 1998), Dweepa and the recent one Kanasembo Kudureya Benneri.

Personal life:
Vaishali was married to acclaimed film-maker Girish Kasaravalli. She had two children, Apoorva and Ananya.

Death:
She died on 27th September 2010 in Bangalore, after ailing for few years with diabetes, liver and kidney problems. Her body was kept at Ravindra Kala Kshetra for her relatives, friends and fans to pay their final respect. She was cremated according to her family tradition at Wilson Garden crematorium in Bangalore.
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