Renowned Kannada actor, author, theatre personality, and writer, H.G. Somashekara Rao, popularly known as Somanna, breathed his last on Tuesday at a private hospital due to age-related health issues. He was 86. Somanna is survived by his wife and two children. The son of freedom fighter Harihar Gundu Rao, Somanna hailed from Chitradurga district.
It was reported that while he was on his way to a private hospital for regular treatment, he suffered a massive heart attack. Somanna is best known for his acting prowess in cult Kannada films like ‘Accident’, ‘Mithileya Seeteyaru’, ‘Minchina Ota’, ‘Savithri’, ‘Harakeya Kuri’ and more. He won a state award for the supporting role in the movie ‘Harakeya Kuri’ in 1992-93. He made his debut in the Kannada movie ‘Savithri’ against famous actor Anil Thakkar in 1981. He left an indelible mark for his serious role in this movie.
Somanna, who was also popularly known as ‘HGS’ to his contemporaries, had authored around 25 books, including books like ‘Somannana Stockninda’ and ‘Innobarannu Ariyuva Bage’. He has served in the capacity of both the principal and the chairman of Abhinaya Taranga, a famous theatre school.