Kasargod Chinna – Mangalorean Star
Stage and Film are two different aspects of performing arts but a refined stage artiste can be a better film actor or director. Over the years, we have seen many stalwarts contributing to the field of acting as an art. The undivided Madras Presidency had Kasargod that went to Kerala but activities by Kannadigas settled in Kasargod are much more remarkable than those in Mangalore, though we remain as part of Karnataka.
We have one of those born and brought up in Kasargod, settled there and has been working a great deal in the field of stage and film in three prime languages of coastal Karnataka namely Kannada, Tulu and Konkani. His experiments in drama have won many awards and his achievements within a short span of life are unparalleled by many. In other words, true gold in the land of art and gold!
He is none other than Sujeer Srinivas Rao popularly known as Kasargod Chinna. Mangalorean.com is proud to present Kasargod Chinna as Mangalorean Star for January 2010.
Simple and friendly, workaholic, sharp witted and jovial, Mr. Chinna is a storehouse of knowledge and talent. He has written, directed and acted in many stage plays in the three popular languages of Coastal Karnataka.
Sujeer Srinivas Rao was born to Sujeer Sheshagiri Nayak and Late Sujeer Padmavathi Nayak on September 11th, 1957. He did his schooling at BEM High School Kasargod and then had his Pre-University course at Ganapathi Junior College, Mangalore. Later, he completed BA from Government College Kasargod and Diploma in Film Acting (DFA) from Adarsh Film Institute, Bangalore, securing Gold Medal. Married to Shanthi S Nayak in 1990, the couple is blessed with two children, a son and a daughter. Elder one is Girish studing in B Com 2nd year, while younger one is Kavana who is in her 9th standard. The entire family is involved in performing with Mr. Chinna especially in his street plays.
Kasargod Chinna has acted in more than 400 dramas in different Languages such as Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, Malayalam and English. He rose to fame after he acted in Kannada films like “Phaniyamma” directed by Prema Karanth, which Won National and International awards. He has acted in many films and dramas directed by stalwarts of Kannada, Tulu and Konkani.
Achievements of Kasargod Chinna:
First Drama Acted “Thali Kattoake Thayyar” and thereafter acted in more than 400 dramas in different Languages such as Kannada, Konkani, Tulu, Malayalam and English
Important Konkani Dramas played
“Doni Ghadi Hassunu KAadi”
“Choruguru Chandala Shishya”
“Dharmam Sharanam Gachami”
Konkani Audio Cassette– Sri. N.B. Kamath’s “Jackpot Janna” Acting with Direction.
Dramas translated From Kannada to Konkani
“Choruguru Chandala shishya”
“Dharmam Sharanam Gachami”
From Bengali to Konkani – ” Gaanti”
From Russian to Konkani- “Ayilore Ayilo”
From Malayalam to Konkani- “Yeklo- anneklo”
From Bengali to Tulu- “Kaas Patherundu”
From Malayalam to Kannada- “Samhaaram”
Training: Passed Degree with Gold Medal in D.F.A. from Adarsh Film Institute, Bangalore
Drama Awards won: 7 awards with Best Actor and Director for “Gaanti” Drama in the All India Konkani Drama Competition organized by ” Rangha Bhoomi”
Performance of Konkani Dramas in the states of Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharasthra
Represented in Minority Language committee of Kerala state
Important Kannada Dramas acted
“Hedigalu’ Mannina Ghombhe”, “Catharsis”, “Bhanda Bhanda Sardara”, “Gana Gana Rajya”, “Matthu Mohanjo Daro”, “Gulamana Nagu”, “Sidhathe” , “Tingara Buddanna”, “Ani Banthani” “Edipus”, “Aalada Mara”, “Aradhana” , “Naaibala”,
Tulu Dramas acted
“Councillor Kogganne”, “Sreenkrana Kithapathi”, Ee Prayadla Bharava”
English Dramas acted – “Dumb wife of Cheap side”, “Refund”
Malayalam Dramas acted- “Drakula”
Important Dramas Directed – “Naigalu”, “Prashne”, “Sidhathe” , “Karmachakra”, “Drishti”, ” Kurudu Kanchana”, ” Gana Gana Rajya” , “Ninna Mokeda” (Tulu), “Naai Bala” (Lorry drama)
Mime – ” Abhivyakthi, Mood, Expression” (Mime Dramas Performed in Kerala and Maharashtra, Karnataka More than 200 stages)
Un-broken Records – The first Indian who directed and acted full length Mime Drama at Gulf Countries
Lorry Dramas – First time in the history of Indian theatre movement – played drama on Lorry and performed big crowd pulling 108 shows at Kerala and Karnataka
‘Yaksha Theru” – “First time in the history of “Yaksha gana” a chariot was proceeded from Kumbla to Bangalore performing Yaksha Gana attracting 1.5 lakh people.
“Geetha Sangheetha Ratha” – “Geetha Sangheetha Ratha” under the leadership of Y.K. Muddukrishna with accompany of all famous singers of Karnataka state level – traveled to 30 village pockets of Kasaragod, the Border Taluk of Kerala & Karnataka attracting more than one lakh people –called as ” Geetha Sangeetha Ratha’ Abhiyana.
All India Radio – Since 1977 as B high grade Artist performed hundreds of Dramas in Kannada, Tulu, Konkani languages.
Doordarshan – Hindi serial “Thennali Rama” acted as ‘Kullan” (National Channel) directed by Sri.T.S. Naghabharana.
In E.TV as an Anchor for the programme “Deghul Darshana” Nammura Saviruchi’, Bharude Bavishya”
Tele-Film (Acted) – “Annana Hendathi” (Sister-in-Law), “Chinnu” , ‘ Pacheethi” , “Chirasmarane”(Nirajana’s Kayyur Charithram played Main Role as the School Teacher)
Cinema Director– Hindi Tele-Film – ” Surprise”
Film acting – “Phaniyamma” ( Direction Prema – Karanth)(Won-National and International Awards) ; Praya-Praya –Praya (Directed by T.S. Naghabharana); “Kendada Male” (Directed by B.C. Gowrishankar) Won the State Award; Ravana Rajya (Directed by T.S. Naghabharana); “Darodegala Naduve” ; “Premaghni” (Directed by T.S. Naghabharana); “Saghara Deepa” (Directed by T.S. Naghabharana); “Omkar” (Directed by Siva Mani); “Bhangara Patler” (Tulu film) (Directed by Richary Chastolino) won National and State Award; “Sneha Sindhooram” Malayalam (Directed by Krishnan Munnad)
Awards and Records – Best Actor Awards State level Kannada Drama “Banda Banda Saradhara” Directed by Sreenivas Prabhu ( National school of Drama New Delhi); “Dristi” Won the state level award for Direction including other 6 Awards
Won National Level award for “Gaanti” Konkani Drama for acting and Direction including other 6 Awards
Best Actor – Govt. College Kasaragod 1974; Calicut University 1974
Honoured by – Tulu Koota, Dubai 1992; Behrain, Kannada Sangha – 1992, 1994, 2007; Sharjah – Kannda sangha – 2007; Abudhabi – 2007; Karnataka Nataka Academy Award -1994; Rangamilana Award; Jaycees Award; Lions Award ; Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Acdemi Award (2009), Swarashri Award and honour and many
Honourable services rendered
As President of “Geetha vihar”
Director ‘Prasadana” Mangalore
State Councilor of K.V.V.E.S
Vice President Vivekananda Co.operative College.
Ex. President P.T.A. BEMHS Kasaragod
Founder Member ‘ Yavanika” Kasaragod
Convenor ‘ Spandana’ Mangalore
Convenor Rangamilana, Mangalore
Founder “Apoorva Kalavidharu”
Trustee “Rangachinnari” (NGO), Bimba Mangalore (NGO)
Captain – Calicut University Kabadi Team
1974 to 1977, Player Kerala State Kabadi Team
Member Karnataka Nataka Academy, Bangalore – 1996 to 2001
Member Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy 2002 – 2005.
Member Kerala Linguistic Minority Cell (Konkani)
President Sree Venkatramana Prakashitha Yaksha Gana Sangham
Convenor ” Nrithya Nikethana” Kasaragod
Member Karnataka Konkani Sahithya Academi 2009-2012.
Events organized under his Sole leadership including certain Historic – Mega Events:
1. Professional Drama Festival
2. Amateur Theatre Festival
3. Three –basha -Drama Festival
4. Courtyard – Drama Movement
5. National Drama Festival
6. Mime Shows
7. Mask making camps.
8. Kannada – Malayalam Theatre Seminar
9. Light Music Festivals
11. Samskruthi Vaibhava
12. Painting Exhibition
13. Cartoon Exhibition
14. Ashta Bhasha Kavi Gosti
15. Thri-bhasha –Theatre Workers Conference
16. Other Symposiums and Seminars
17. “Geetha Sangeetha” Rathayathra
18. Lorry Dramas (108 shows)
19. Book Releasing functions.
20. Academy Programmes.
21. Public sector Employees Drama Festival.
22. Children Drama Festival.
23. Pancha Basha Drama Festival
24. Street Dramas
25. Theatre Training camps
26. Kannada – Maratti Theatre Seminars.
27. Make up Workshops
28. Music Festivals
29. Dance Festivals
30. Classical Dance – Training camps
31. Photography exhibitions
32. Yaksha Gana Festivals
33. National Dance Festivals
34. Memorial Lectures
35. Classical Music Festival
36. ” Yaksha Theru”
37. Tulu Academy Seminars
38. Karnataka Cultural Department Programmes
39. ‘Daasa Keerthana’
40. “Chit Chats” and many other small and big cultural events.
A brief interview with Mr Chinna will expose his inner self to the readers.
Q: What inspired you to take to stage and film acting?
Ans: I was always fascinated to act on stage during my school times. Later, as the days went by, I studied many character actors and the messages within the plays or in the films and thus refined myself to be what I am today.
Q: Can you name two actors, one male and one female who have cast an impression with their acting within your mind?
Ans: It is difficult to answer this question! There are many legends who were great in their own styles. Of the recent ones with stage background, I admire Anupam Kher and Rohini Hattangady. Their acting is superb according to my observation.
Q: Tell us something about ‘Ranga Chinnari’ initiated by you
Ans: ‘Ranga Chinnari’ is a non-profit Trust started by myself to promote talents from rural and urban locales, especially street children who live below poverty line. We train them rigorously for three months at least and have street shows in most of the towns around Kasargod and in Coastal Karnataka. We also provide free education, books and uniform to the kids that we promote in ‘Ranga Chinnari’. My children also participate along with the street kids to inspire them. We have no bar as far as caste creed or religion is concerned.
Q: You are planning to release unique drama books in three different languages. What is the specialty of these books and when will you be releasing them?
Ans: Probably I am the only person on this earth translating dramas from three different origins and languages to entirely three other languages spoken in a totally different orientation!
First one is ‘Samhaara’ in Kannada translated from original Malayalam work ‘Samhaaram’ by Late KT Mohammed.
Second is a Russian drama by the famous playwright Gogol called ‘Inspector General’ which was earlier transliterated to Kannada by Srinivas Prabhu by the name ‘Banda Banda Saradaara’. I have translated it as ‘Ailo Re Ailo’ in Konkani.
Finally there is a Bengali drama by Shambhumitra Amita Maitra called ‘Kanchanaganga’ that I have translated to Tulu by the name ‘Kaas Paatherundu’.
I have taken the help of many friends in translating these dramas for which I remain grateful forever.
These are scheduled to be released between February 6th and 9th at many places from Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore to Karwar, including Mandya, Mysore Mangalore and Udupi.
Q: Which is the most unforgettable moment in your life?
Ans: I got a prime role called ‘Kullan’ in the TV Serial ‘Tenali Rama’ in Hindi directed by TS Nagabharana the first episode of which was telecast the same evening that I got married! The anticlimax was, though many of my well wishers were eagerly waiting to watch the serial, entire Kasargod town had power-cut that evening, though I could watch it with the back-up of generator set!
Q: What is your message to the younger generation?
Ans: Be creative, work hard, be broad minded, respect all castes and religions and finally try to support art and cultural heritage of this land whole heartedly. You will see the difference in contentment thus!
Kasargod Chinna(Srinivas Rao S)
Giridhar Metal House
Bank Road, Kasaragod – 671121
Phone: 04994 -222210
Mangalorean.com wishes all the best to Kasargod Chinna in carrying out his good work.
Submitted by: Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy, Team Mangalorean
S.J Baliga, India:
Where can I get to see Doni Ghadi hassun kadi konkani play. can I download it from any site or is Cd available? please, can you let me know?
mohammed ashraf, Saudi Arabia:
Im proud of you kasaragod chinna..orur chinna
Satish Bhat, India:
I have seen him as a great sportsman & self-made man with a gold mine of talent. Although he has performed Mutilingual he is Sachin Tendulkar of Konkani Drama.
VASUDEV SHANBHAG SIRSI, India:
NO COMMENTS SIMPLY IT IS WONDERFUL. I WONDER CAN ONE MAN DO SO MUCH ACHEIVEMENTS IN SUCH A YOUNG AGE & SHORT PERIOD?
Vijay V Prabhu, India:
Where can I get/download all the konkani plays my emai id is email@example.com please let me no
Kamalaksha Salian, Mumbai, India:
Congratulations. A great job by Mangalorean.com in bringing out the real heroes of our land………..Once upon a time we used to meet with Mr. H.K. Karkera (a Dramatist and Writer )and Mr. N.K. Surdas of Mumbai.
Harisha Rao, New Delhi, India:
A nice and sincere chronicle. The author made me travel through my own memory lane. Chinna was good at Kabaddi also. I used to watch him play in Mallikarjuna Temple ground during Ganeshotsava. During Old Students day at BEM High School, his plays were real hits. I enjoyed his comedy roles, especially Tulu characters. I am talking about late 70’s. Such was his popularity, the BEM High School stage-ground used to be choke-a-block at midnight. I still remember his fancy dress character as a balloon seller. Chinna is a gifted actor and entertainer. Congratulations, senior !!!
Gautham Ghate, India :
I had quite a few opportunities to be with Chinna and all those moments spent with him are wonderful, for he is a marvelous talker and keeps one engaged with quick wits and collection of jokes. Nice that you have made a story on him. He deserves every word of praise on his achievements.
P.Shirish Kumar Hosabettu, Muscat, Oman:
My Hearty Congratulations to Great Chinna (Chinna you are really Chinna – Gold.)
Special thanks to Mangalorean.com for brightening the shines of Chinna (gold)in front of all Kannadigas.
Kasaragod Chinna is not only a talented person but also a very kind hearted person. I still remember when I was in College, my friend Mr.Ramachander Baikampady took me to Chinna & introduced me. I was looking for a script for Inter college Mono-Acting competition. Mr.Chinna immediately explained me a story about the last days of Vijayanagara Samrat(Vijyanagarada Pathana) & gave me a copy of the script which he staged in his college. I got the award for the same with his help. Once again thank you Chinna. May the Almighty shower his blessing to you & your family with every success, all the happiness in the world & healthy long life with respect.
How little we know of the STARS among us. Congratulations and The very best in all your efforts, especially among the children and youth.
Your family deserves congratulations too, for they are with you.
Edmond Noronha, India:
An excellent piece of work by Mangalorean.com.
Contratulations to Mr. Chinna, You deserve a special place in the books of a few greats of kannadigas and a blend of Konkanas.
All the best.
Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy, India:
Looking at the responses here, Chinna maam was so thrilled, and he has personally asked me to thank our webmasters and those who have conveyed their messages here! 🙂
Let me thank our webmaster Roshan D’Souza and our web Editor Queenie Mendonca for the support they have given me so far, in uploading articles like this!
Long live Mangalorean Stars!
Ishwar M. Ail, Mumbai, India:
Congratulations Mr. Chinna, You deserve it as one of the Gadinada Kannadiga.
“God gives us relatives; thank God we can choose our friends”. I have found a real gold indeed *friend for life*
may his tribe increase-chidu
Satish Edneer, Bahrain:
Our own Chinnanna…We are proud of you. Thanks to Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy for having given the full picture with the glorious achievements. I feel very proud and happy.
Thanks to Mangalorean.Com
Kasaragod District Pravasi Association (KDPA)
Kingdom of Bahrain.
It is a happy occasion for me to know a great stage and film artist like Kasaragod Chinna is being recognised and presented as a Mangalorean star.
It is a well deserving honour for this creative personality in whom acting and real life go natural and normal. Humour is another gift this artist has inbuilt and readymix at any given occassion. Even as a villain he makes us laugh some times!
Geeta Vihar and Yavanika through which I came to know this artist introduced by his another co-artist Babuji Bhat in 1988, they made the good start with the support of Kasargod Kannadigas and GSBs.
Thanks to Kudpi Rajanikanth Shenoy for having given the full picture with the glorious achievements. I feel very proud and happy.
Thanks to Mangalorean.Com.
I wish every best to Chinna.
Sarvotham Shetty, Abu Dhabi, UAE:
Congratulations Chinnaravare. We Kannadiga’s in UAE are still remembering your humorous speech & multi talented acting. On behalf of UAE Kannadiga’s my best wishes to you and family and to have many more laurels in the future. We are all proud of you on selecting you as “Mangalorean Star” and my sincre thanks to Shenoy Mam for highlighting your achievement through Mangalorean.com.
Austin Santhosh, Bahrain:
Congratulations Chinna. We are all proud of you. I still remember your contribution in organizing the Mega event “Karnatakothsava 1994” in Bahrain. God bless you Chinna.
Shaly Pereira, India:
A thoroughly researched and well presented article about a great personality, Kasargod Chinna. Thank you Raj. As usual where your journalistic endeavours are concerned there are no half measures!
Anitha Prabhu, India:
Thanks a lot RaajMamu for this wonderful article on Mr. Sujeer Shrinivas Rao aka Kasargod Chinna 🙂
Felt very nice to note about his achievements and talents. That we have another Konkani professional, is commendable !!!! 🙂
Wish I could get to see his plays and get my funny bones tickled 🙂
Best of Luck for your future is what I want to say, at the moment.
Thanx once again, dear RaajMamu 🙂
Austin Prabhu, USA :
Congratulatinos to Kasargod Chinna on being named as the Mangalorean Star for the month of January, 2010. I had the great honor to felicitate Chinna on January 1, 2010 during Karnataka Konkani Bhasha Mandal’s Founder’s Day Celebration held in Canara High School, Mangalore. All the best Chinna, keep up the good work. Thanks Raj for giving us the profile of Chinna.
shridhara Achar Bangalore, India:
Kasaragod Chinna is a familiar name in Bangalore amongst the Kannada activists. He is such a talented person that we cannot be ignore him easily. I know him personally and impressed by his talent and jovial type.
Ananda Padebettu, Mumbai, India:
Awesome well researched article about a star talent from our own backyard. I have seen him acting in one of the Dramas at Vijaya College, Mulky (Almost 2 decades ago). I was wonder then as to How much talent this guy had as far as acting is concerned.
By looking at you article and interview, I was so happy to learn that this guy is really a bundle of tallent.
Thanks for the article.
SHENOY R, India:
Wow! A multitalented genius indeed. Thanks for interviewing him Mr Shenoy. I agree with Mr Shenoy that a good dramatist can make a good actor as well in the films. Amol Palekar was in Marathi drama. Those who have seen Rajanigandha, Choti si baat. Chit chor will agree that he is quite good as a non glamorous actor. Artistes and actors are very sensitive people. If you watch the movies on DD on Sunday afternoon [regional movies with sub titles] you will realise the amount of talent we have in India. I am not sure if they still show these movies on DD. Similarly, the translated works in magazines like Taranga or Tushara will give an insight into the richness of literature of our neighbouring states. Many malayalam stories have been translated into Kannada. There used to be Mr Nair in MANIPAL [K K Nair] who used to translate those stories. It is possible that the original flavour may even be better. What will one do without art and culture?