Famous people from Karnataka
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because the list of famous personalities
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Arts and entertainment
She is an Indian actress
and former Miss World
Famously called ‘Mandyada Gandu
One of the all time greatest actors in the Kannada
Bollyhood Actress Of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi fame
An Indian model
and Bollywood actress
An Indian actor who has won two National
Golden Star" Ganesh
A Kannada language film actor of ‘MUNGARU MALE’ fame
An Indian model turned actress
An Indian actor, film editor, producer and director in the Hindi film industry
A contemporary writer, playwright, actor and movie director in Kannada language.
an Indian actress and model
M. S. Sathyu
a leading film director, stage designer and art director from India.
A National Film Award-winning Indian method actor and producer in Kannada,
Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu language films
Prakash Rai studied in St.Joseph's Indian High School in Bangalore.
He later joined St. Josephs College of commerce, Brigade road, Bangalore,
An Indian actor and the youngest son of Kannada superstar Dr Rajkumar.
He was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad into a Marathi family in Bangalore, Karnataka,
He primarily worked as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Metropolitan
Transport Corporation in Bangalore.
His charisma and style were noted by the passengers who travelled with him and
gave him suggestions in becoming an actor
a popular Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movie actor
He was a popular actor and singer in Kannada film industry
An Indian film actress ,acts in Kannada films as well as few Tamil films .
She is also known by the name Divya Spandana .
An actor, director, producer, music director, and lyricist in the Kannada film industry
an Indian film actress and model
A Kannada superstar.
He is the son of legendary Kannada matinée Dr.Rajkumar.
Sunil Shetty is an Indian film actor and film producer
A popular actor and singer
An Indian actress and singer
film actress and theatre personality
One of the pioneers and most prolific contributors to Kannada theatre
An Indian theatre and Film actress of Kannada Film Industry
Amarashilpi Jakanachari was a legendary sculptor credited with building many
fine temples for the Kalyani Chalukyas and Hoysalas, including the famous
sculptures at Belur and Halebidu.
Sri Gundan Anivaritachari was the chief architect of the Virupaksha temple
R. K. Laxman
An Indian cartoonist, illustrator and humorist
An Indian saxophonist and one of the pioneers of Carnatic music on the saxophone
He was a violin maestro from India in the Carnatic classical tradition.
Pandit Bhimsen G Joshi
An Indian vocalist in the Hindustani classical tradition.
Was an Indian singer of the khyal genre of Hindustani classical music
An Indian music composer and exponent of Bhavageete ("expressive poetry")
and Janapada Geete ("folk songs") in the Kannada language.
An Indian singer songwriter, composer and actor.
A noted music director of the Kannada film industry
A Music Director and lyricist in the Kannada film industry.
A musician and composer mainly active in Kannada cinema industr
A well-known fashion designer has specialised in training models for the Miss
India beauty pageants. Many of the past beauty queens are his students
UB Breweries, Kingfisher Beer ,Kingfisher Airlines ,Force India,
Royal Challengers Bangalore
V. G. Siddhartha
Founder –owner , Cafe Coffee Day
G. R. Gopinath
Founder of Air Deccan
N. R. Narayana Murthy Nandan Nilekani
Infosys Technologies, Ltd. Infosys Technologies, Ltd
youngest CEO of the world
, Biocon India Ltd.
Wipro Technologies, Ltd.
A. B. Shetty, Founder, Vijaya Bank
Ammembal Subba Rao Pai, Founder, Canara Bank.
T. M. A. Pai, Co-founder, Syndicate Bank.
Upendra Ananth Pai, Co-founder, Syndicate Bank.
Vaman Srinivas Kudva, Co-founder, Syndicate Bank
Devi Prasad Shetty
An Indian philanthropist and a renowned cardiac surgeon.
H. D. Deve Gowda
He was the 14th Prime Minister of the Republic of India (1996–1997) and the
14th chief minister of the state of Karnataka
Fernandes was a defence minister in the National Democratic Alliance
S. M. Krishna
He is the Indian Minister for External Affairs and a member of the Indian
Parliament from Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. He was the Chief Minister of
Karnataka from 1999 to 2004 and the Governor of Maharashtra from 2004 to
He is the Honorable Minister for Law, Justice and Company Affairs in the Government
of India. Moily is a former Chief Minister of the Indian state of Karnataka
B. S. Yeddyurappa
Present Chief Minister of Karnataka
H. T. Sangliana
Former Police Officer, and M.P. Lok Sabha.
He is well known for his contributions to the upliftment of the forest dwelling
tribes (mainly Soligas) in the Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka
K. Ullas Karanth
He is the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society India Program
Technical Director of the WCS Tiger Conservation Program
Sudha Murthy Veerendra Heggade Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji
Rahul Dravid Anil Kumble
Robin Uthappa Manish Pandey
B. P. Govinda (former captain, Arjun award)
M. P. Ganesh (former captain, Arjun Award)
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