2 December 1927 
|Died||26 August 2004 (aged 77)   |
Venkataraju known by his professional name Rajanand (1927-2004), was an Indian film actor in the Kannada film industry. Some of the notable films of Rajanand as an actor include Operation Diamond Racket (1978), Mayura (1975), and Eradu Kanasu (1974).    
Rajanand contributed to more than 318 Kannada films as an actor, and he directed 350 drama/theater plays.   He had written thousands of Vachanas  and around 3,000 poems and 9,000 Kavanas .  Rajanand completed a 480 feet length dialogue in one take in his debut film Dhana Pishachi (1967).
Rajanand started the Ranga Vaibhava theatre group in 1965. 
Rajanand actively participated in theatre/drama plays at the age of 10 and received training from drama groups like Kalkoti, Samaja Vikasana, Kamala Kala, and from drama artists Sorat Ashwath, Master Hirannaiah, Yoganarasimha and A.S.Seshachar. Rajanand worked in drama companies like Gubbi Veeranna drama company, and Master Hirannaiah's drama company.   He was named 'Rajanand' (meaning: King pleasure), during his time in Gubbi Veeranna drama company. 
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Babukodi Venkataramana Karanth was a film and theatre personality from India. Throughout his life he was director, actor and musician of modern Indian theatre both in Kannada as well as Hindi, and one of the pioneers of Kannada and Hindi new wave cinema. He was born in Dakshina Kannada.
Bedara Kannappa is a 1954 Indian Kannada-language film directed by H. L. N. Simha and written by G. V. Iyer. It stars Rajkumar and Pandari Bai in lead roles. Bedara Kannappa started as a play produced by the Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Company before it became a Kannada film. The film was a launch pad to Rajkumar's career. It also marked the debut of Narasimharaju, who went on to be named among Kannada cinema's finest actors, alongside Rajkumar. The success of this movie was reported to have spurred the pace of production of Kannada movies significantly.
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Halebeedu Ramachandra Shastry, popularly known as H. R. Shastry/H. Ramachandra Shastry, was an Indian actor who worked predominantly in Kannada films. In his career spanning more than 40 years, Shastry played a variety of supporting roles. Some of his best movies are Bedara Kannappa (1954), Rayara Sose (1957), Bhoodana (1962), Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1974) and Upasane (1974).