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On my Pinboard

Actor Vinaya Prasad has acted in almost all the South Indian languages. She made her entry into the Kannada film industry in a big way in 1990 with 'Ganeshana Maduve'. She has since then given a series of superhit films such as 'Karulina Koogu', 'Aathanka' and 'Bannada Hejje' in Kannada.

She is remembered for her impressive performances in films like 'Manichitrathazhu' in Malayalam, 'Indra' in Telugu, 'Chandramukhi' in Tamil and 'Koti Chennaya' in Tulu. She has won the Karnataka State Film Awards for 'Best Actress' for 'Aathanka' and the 'Best Supporting Actress' for 'Bannada Hejje'. She is presently working on television series in Malayalam called 'Ammuvinde Amma' and will soon be seen in Kannada-Telugu bilingual film 'Rajaratha'.


"I find Kajol to be a tremendous actor. She is someone who doesn't care about facial structure or body language because she focusses more on doing justice to the character given to her. I think she is a realistic actor. I also admire Audrey Hepburn. She has amazing performing capacities and easily fits into any role. She too concentrates more on the character in hand rather than on herself."


"I can listen to music at anytime of the day. I grew up in Udupi which is a cultural hub. I have been exposed to a lot of music and have been to several live concerts. Earlier, the person who composed the tune and the one who wrote the lyrics were different. Hamsalekha has given Kannada film industry an elite combination of both poetry and music by writing lyrics and composing the music. I also admire K Kalyan and Jayanth Kaikini for their powerful lyrics and melodious music. I have always enjoyed going to the concerts of Pt Bhimsen Joshi, M Balamuralikrishna, K J Yesudas and Bombay Jayashri."


"I have visited Madikeri during all seasons and I can still go back there anytime. I love the landscape and weather. It's fascinating to watch the merging of greenery with the skies. I hope to plan a vacation to Bhutan and Meghalaya sometime soon. I enjoy spending time in any place that is connected to nature. If you take me to Dubai, I would prefer visiting the beaches rather than moving amidst the buildings."

Swami Vivekananda

"I am deeply influenced and inspired by the works and teachings of Swami Vivekananda. I had gone to Vivekananda Kendra in Kanyakumari to learn yoga and meditation when I was only 10 years old. I have read almost all his writings. From my childhood, I have always had a helping nature and this quality of mine was further nurtured after I discovered Swami Vivekananda's preachings."


"I am a very simple eater and a complete vegetarian. I prefer eating only native food. I relish 'avial', which is a Kerala dish, with rice. I like it because it has all the vegetables in it. And if it is less spicy, then I like to eat it as a meal. I also like any vegetable 'parathas' which I have with a generous helping of curd. I love cooking and I must say that my cooking is enjoyed by all at home."

Kota Shivaram Karanth

"I have always followed and admired the writings by Kota Shivaram Karanth, Kuvempu, Da Ra Bendre and Gopalakrishna Adiga. Shivaram Karanth has learnt, studied, researched and written on almost every topic. Two of his best loved works are 'Hucchu Manasina Hattu Mukhagalu' and 'Mookajjiya Kanasugalu'. Gopalakrishna has immensely contributed to Kannada literature through poetry and prose. I also follow the writings of Sudha Murthy. She is a humble, polite and a down-to-earth person and her journey as a writer has inspired me no end."

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