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S Ramachandra

posted Jan 5, 2012, 10:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 7, 2012, 1:45 PM by Info B2C ]
Shivaramaiah Ramachandra Aithal popularly known as S. Ramachandra, was an award winning, acclaimed Indian cinematographer. He won National Film Award for Best Cinematography in 1977 for the Kannada feature film Rishya Shringa. He had also won the Lifetime Achievement Award (at the State Film Awards) given by the Karnataka State Government in the year 2006.


After securing a rank in the pre-university course, Ramachandra went to the National Film and Television Institute in Pune to learn cinematography. He worked as an assistant cameraman for U.M.N. Sharif, who shot “Vamsha vriksha” directed by Girish Karnad and B.V. Karanth. It was during the shooting of “Vamsha vriksha” that P.V. Nanjaraja Urs, who identified Ramachandra's talent, asked him to work for his “Sankalpa”, which was Ramachandra's first independent venture as cinematographer. He later worked with Karanth in the award winning film Chomana Dudi. He also worked in commercial films with directors like Nagabharana and K.V.Jayaram.

S.Ramachandra work in films directed by Girish Kasaravalli, brought him accolades. His association with Girish began with award winning film Ghatashradhdha. Later he worked in Mane, Kraurya, Naayi Neralu, Haseena and Gulabi Talkies


S.Ramachandra was suffering from cancer. He was recently admitted to the Bangalore Institute of Oncology where he was pronounced dead on 10 January 2011
January 12, 2011: Creative cinematographer leaves a void: The Hindu


YearFilmLanguageOther notes
1975Chomana DudiKannada
1976Rushya ShringaKannadaWinner : National Film Award for Best Cinematography


YearFilmLanguageOther notes
1987Malgudi DaysHindi


  • 1965: Won: Filmfare Best Cinematographer Award: Yaadein
  • 1977: Won: National Film Award for Best Cinematography: Rishya Shringa
  • 2006: Won: Karnataka Film Lifetime Achievement Award
Photo Courtasy: The Hindu