Shankar Nag

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Shankar Nagarkatte (, ), 9 November 1954 - 30 September 1990) popularly known as Shankar Nag (Kannada: ಶಂಕರ ನಾಗ್) was a popular actor and director of Kannada cinema. He also directed and acted in the teleserial, Malgudi days, based on celebrated novelist R.K.Narayan's short stories. Besides these, he was actively involved in Kannada theater activities. He co-wrote "22 June 1897", an Indian National award winning Marathi film.

Early career

Shankar Nagarkatte was born on 9 November 1954 in Mallapur village in kumta (uttara kannada), Karnataka to a Konkani-speaking Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family. His parents were Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte. His elder brother is the popular Kannada actor Anant Nag. Apart from his mother-tongue Konkani, Shankar was fluent in Kannada and Marathi. After completing formal education, Shankar moved to Mumbai. In Mumbai, he was attracted to Marathi theater and immersed himself in theatrical activities. Incidentally, he met his future wife, Arundhathi during a drama rehearsal.

Shankar Nag then shifted base to Karnataka. His elder brother Anant Nag had already established himself as an actor and urged Shankar to act in films. He was offered a role of a mercenary by Girish Karnad in the epic movie, Ondanondu Kaladalli, which was loosely based on Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece,...
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