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Actor-director Vaishali Kasaravalli dies of kidney failure
BANGALORE: Kannada theatre and film actress and director Vaishali Kasaravalli died in Bangalore last evening at the age of 59, after a prolonged illness.

Vaishali is survived by her husband and award-winning director Girish Kasaravalli, daughter Ananya and son Apurva.

The actress was suffering from chronic diabetes, liver damage and was undergoing dialysis for renal malfunctioning.

The multi-talented actress acted in plays, movies and television serials, besides donning the role of a director and designing costumes. She directed two serials. Mudala Mane, which was aired on ETV-Kannada, won her an award for best narration.

Her other serial, Muttina Torana, a story about a lower middle class family which consists of four very talented daughters and their musician father who is caught in a debt trap, is also being aired on ETV-Kannada and recently completed its 500th episode.

Vaishali started her career on stage and moved on to cinema and has acted in about 100 films, some of which include Akramana which won her the state’s best actress award; Yarigu Helbedi; Kittu Puttu; Angaialli Apsare; Kraurya; Hombisilu; Swamy; Thabarana Kathe; Ksheera Sagara; Anukolakkoba Ganda; Asegoba Meesegobba; Mooru Daarigalu; Mahadasoshi Sharana Basava; Chandramuki Pranasaki; Panjarada Gili; Hoovondhu Beku Ballige; Vigneswarana Vahana; Shanker Guru; Palitamsha; Parivarthana; Sparsha; Nigatha; Akramana; Ganeshana Madhuve; Gowri Ganesha; Thavarumane Udugore; No 73; Shanthi Nivasa; Nighata among others. She also won the National Award for Best Costume for Thayi Saheba. She was also the recipient for the Rajyostava award for her contribution to visual media.


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