In an unfortunate turn of events, veteran Kannada actor Shivaram passed away at the age of 83 at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Saturday after suffering from a brain hemorrhage.
Reportedly, on November 30th, the actor was admitted to the hospital after collapsing while performing ‘puja’ at his residence and the doctors could not perform surgery considering his advanced age. Later, his condition did not improve afterward.
The actor’s son S Lakshmish, talking to the reporters outside the hospital stated: “My father Shivaram is no more with us. Doctors at Prashant Hospital had done their best to help him recover but unfortunately, destiny had its plan. We have to accept it.”
Many celebrities expressed their sadness on social media. Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai offered his heartfelt condolences. He tweeted: “The death of Shivaram, a veteran of Kannada cinema, is a sad thing. Shivaram’s loss is an insurmountable loss for Kannada cinema. May God grant peace to their soul and pray for mercy to their family.”
Check out the tweet:
ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದ ಹೆಸರಾಂತ ಹಿರಿಯ ಕಲಾವಿದ ಶಿವರಾಂ ಅವರ ನಿಧನ ತುಂಬಾ ದುಃಖದ ವಿಷಯ. ಶಿವರಾಂ ಅವರ ಅಗಲಿಕೆಯಿಂದ ಕನ್ನಡ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ತುಂಬಲಾರದ ನಷ್ಟವಾಗಿದೆ. ದೇವರು ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ನೀಡಲಿ, ಅವರ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ನೋವನ್ನು ಭರಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಕರುಣಿಸಲೆಂದು ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ. pic.twitter.com/U5X3ccsNoD
— Basavaraj S Bommai (@BSBommai) December 4, 2021
Shivaram’s first appearance as an actor on the silver screen was with ‘Beratha Jeeva’ in 1965 directed and co-produced by K. R. Seetharama Sastry. In his career spanning over six decades, he has acted with legendary actors like Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, and Ambareesh. He began his career as an assistant director and worked with legendary directors such as Puttanna Kanagal, Sangetham Srinivas Rao, and Seetharama Shastri.
Some of his most memorable performances as a character actor include Sharapanjara, Naagarahaavu, Shubhamangala; all of which are directed by Puttanna Kanagal.