Shri Lakshminarasaiah Lakshman Das was born in 1946 in Mallasandra in Karnataka. He was trained in the traditional narrative art of Harikatha by R. Gururajulu Naidu at the Jayabharati Kala Sangha, Bangalore. Renowned as a Harikatha performer, Shri Lakshman Das has contributed to the enrichment of the art also by teaching and writing on the subject. He has published a number of books and initiated many students in this performance tradition. He has several audio-cassettes and CDs to his credit. For his service to Harikatha, Shri Lakshman Das has been honoured by the Karnataka Sangeetha Nrithya Academy with its in Award in 1999 and the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Award in 2000. He is also a recipient of the Karnataka Rajyostava Award of the Government of Karnataka in 2005 Shri Lakshman Das receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to the Harikatha tradition of Karnataka.