Hailing from Mandya as his name would suggest, Mandya Ramesh has carved a niche for himself in the acting circles both on celluloid as well as on the stage. He is a vastly experienced talent in the theatre arena with over 26 years of ceaseless know-how as an actor, director, and organizer in many theatre groups in the state
His obsession for theatre began in the year 1982 as part of the Geleyara Balaga of Mandya at a theatre workshop. He then went on to work with several other theatre groups such as Manka, Mandavya Sangha, Vedike and so on. He also had the opportunity to work as an actor at the popular Ninasam Thatre School in the mid eighties. He performed at various shows through theatre camps in Vitla, Rakshidi, Sakleshpur, Ponnampet, and Sundahalli,. His exceptional acting abilities prompted renowned director B V Karanth to include him in the league of actors at the Rangayana, Mysore. He toured New York and other states of USA to perform the kannada version of the Greek play Hippolitus with Rangayana team in the year 1993. He also experimented the kannada version of Shakespeare's play 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Germany and Austria in the year 1996.
Mandya Ramesh took many an initiative to help develop the acting culture in the state. He was the founder director of Srishti Kodagu Ranga regional repertoire. He organizes the Raja Maja theatre summer camp on a
regular basis. He is also the founder and head of the Natana Weekend School of Drama in Mysore city. The construction of Natana Rangamantapa, a desi style theatre auditorium in Ramakrishna nagar of the city, was also carried out under his guidance. He has also served as one of the expert members of the Drama Committee of Cultural Department, Government of India, for a period of three years (2000-01 to 2002-03).
Ramesh had a dream debut in Sandalwood when he featured in the evergreen hit Janumada Jodi produced by Dr. Rajkumar and directed by Nagabharana. He then went on to work in various movies and today, he has acted in over 96 films that include Nagamandala, Kanasugara, Colours, Amruthadhaare, Maathad Maathad Mallige, and Mussanje Maathu.
The phenomenal talent of Mandya Ramesh has brought him many awards both in cinema as well as in the theatre arena. He has won best supporting actor awards for movies such as Nagamandala (awarded by the Govt of Karnataka), and Kanasugaara (viewer's choice category) and even an award at the Udaya TV Knock Awards. He bagged the best newcomer award presented to him by the Aryabhata Prashasthi Chalana Chitra Premigala Sangha. The prestigious K V Shankara Gowda Trust honoured him with the State Theatre Award. He also bagged the Best Director Award for 3 successive years (1996 – 1998) at the esteemed Udupi Rangabhoomi Theater Festival. He directed Agni Mathu Male, which was performed at the Multi Language Theatre Festival, National School of Theatre, Vijaywada in the year 2006. He was awarded the Best Director award for the same at the theatre festival organized by Lavanya Association, Byndooru. He has another Best Director award in his kitty for Thunta Robin presented to him by Mumbai Karnataka Sangha at the Akhila Bharatha Kannada Theatre Festival.
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