Sreenivas G. Kappanna

Born in 1948 in Bangalore, Shri Sreenivas G. Kappanna prepared for a life in the theatre while a student at Bangalore’s National College — where he took a B.Sc. — working backstage and doing lighting for productions of the College dramatic society. Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq was the first major College production (1969) in which he worked as lighting designer, followed by plays directed by Shri B.V. Karanth and Shri C.G. Krishnaswamy. Since 1972, Shri Kappanna has been working in various capacities with government organizations connected with the theatrical arts, and has simultaneously pursued a vigorous indepen- dent career as a stage designer. Since the time Shri C.R. Simha established the company Nataranga, Shri Kappanna as a collaborator has been involved in its numerous productions. He has done lighting in Kannada productions by major directors, such as Che Guevara directed by Shri B.V. Karanth, Motera- mana Prasanga directed by Shri M.S. Sathyu, Hoove directed by Shrimati B. Jayashree, and many plays directed by Shri Simha. He has himself adapted and directed several plays in Kannada, such as Ella Nan Makkale (1979) adapted from Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Adhah Patala (1983) adapted from Maxim Gorky’s Lower Depths, and Chikkaveera Rajendra (1985) adapted from Masti Venkatesha Iyengar’s novel. Shri Kappanna has also directed, produced, or acted in a number of television productions, and has acted in Girish Karnad’s National Award- winning film Kadu. He has designed lighting for stage performances by leading dancers too. For his outstanding work in the theatre, Shri Kappanna has been honoured with the Karnataka Nataka Academy Award in 1996, and with the Rajyotsava Award in 1998. Shri Sreenivas Kappanna receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Indian theatre as a lighting and stage designer.