Obituary: Uma Shivakumar

Obituary: Uma Shivakumar

Uma Shivakumar

Sandalwood’s “Baddi Bangaramma” aka Uma Shivakumar, 71, passed away in Bangalore after a brief illness.

She was being treated at a private hospital.  The yesteryear actress, who was given with the sobriquet “Baddi Bangaramma” following her powerful role in the eponymous film, which brought her fame and recognition, had acted in over 150 films, and won the State award for her rivetting performance in the film Chandanada Gombe.

The actress, with strong moorings in theatre, was a notable presence in the Kannada parallel cinema in films like Vamshavruksha, Bara, Chitegoo Chinte and Kaadu. She later on graduated to take up vamp roles in popular Kannada films of the 1980s, in keeping with the changing times and was typecast in that role.

A trained beautician, she set up a beauty parlour in Chamarajpet, as her film career nosedived and christined it Baddi Bangaramma Beauty Parlour. She is surviv­e­d by a daughter and a son, both of whom now reside in the US.


M V Venkatappa

Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly M V Venkatappa passed away at a private hospital in Bangalore in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness, reports DHNS from Bangalore.

He was 81. He is survived by his wife Subhadra and two sons - Rajeev Gowda, professor at Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Dr Siddartha, an oncologist in Miami, USA. Venkatappa had suffere­d injuries after he fell down in the bathroom of his house a fortnight ago and was in the ICU of the hospital ever since. A legislator for 22 years, he served as Speaker between 1999 and 2004 and chairperson of the Legislative Council between 1974 and 1978. He represented Mulbagal in the Assembly. He was adjudged the best legislator in 1989.

Born in Mothakapalli village of Mulbagal taluk in Kolar district, he participated in the freedom movement under the leadership of his brother, former Union minister, the late M V Krishnappa.

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