Bureaucrat-turned-actor K Shivaram no more

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BENGALURU: Bureaucrat-turned-actor K Shivaram died at a private hospital here on Thursday, where he was admitted. He was admitted to the hospital earlier this month for health complications and had suffered a heart attack on Wednesday. He was being treated at HCG Hospital and was on ventilator support at the intensive care unit.

Earlier in the day, senior BJP leader B S Yediyurappa had visited him in the hospital. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, BJP state president B Y Vijayendra and a host of other political leaders have condoled Shivaram’s death.

Shivaram was the first IAS officer who cleared the exam in Kannada. He has acted as a hero in many films, including ‘Baa Nalle Maduchandrake’ and has worked in the Kannada film industry for six decades. He has served as an IAS officer in various capacities in several districts including Bengaluru, Vijayapura, Davanagere and Koppal. After his retirement as an IAS officer, Shivaram ventured into politics in 2013.

He joined the Kannada film industry in 1993 and played lead roles in many films, including ‘Baa Nalle Madhuchandrike’ and ‘Vasanta Kavya’. He played the villain in ‘Sangliana-3’. Shivaram has acted in more than ten movies and his daughter is married to actor Pradeep.

K Shivaram was an Sandalwood actor, writer, director and producer who worked in the Kannada film industry for six decades. He made his acting debut in ‘Beratha Jeeva’ (1965). Since then, he has acted in several movies including ‘Sharapanjara’, ‘Shubha Mangala’, ‘Nagarahole’, ‘Guru Shishyaru’, ‘Sangliyana Part-3’, ‘Huccha’, ‘O Prema Devathe’ and others.

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