The sixty nine year old S.Ramachandra who was one of the pillars of the new wave cinema movement in the Kannada film industry died of a prolonged illness on Monday afternoon.
S.Ramachandra along with directors like B.V.Karanth, Girish Karnad, G.V.Iyer and Girish Kasaravalli were the architects of the new wave Kannada cinema movement which took the Kannada film industry to heights during the seventies. S.Ramachandra started off his career as a cinematographer in films with Sankalpa directed by Nanjaraja Urs.
Even a few days before his death, he worked in Bettada Jeeva directed by well known award winning director P.Sheshadri. This is perhaps his last film as a cinematographer.
Before being an independent cinematographer, Ramachandra worked as an assistant cameraman for G.V.Iyer production Vamsha Vrikisha directed by B.V.Karanth. The
film was released in 1971. Later he also worked with Karanth in the film Chomana Dudi which won the National Award for the Best fim. Later he switched on to work in commercial films with directors like Nagabharana and K.V.Jayaram.
He won the Best cameraman award five times from the state government. S.Ramachandra had worked as a cinematographer in many films directed by Girish Kasaravalli which brought him a lot of appreciation. He started off working with Girish in his first Swarna Kamal award winning film Ghatashradhdha. Later he worked in Mane, Krourya, Naayi Neralu, Haseena and Gulabi Talkies.
S.Ramachandra's death has removed one of the topmost cinematographers of the Kannada film industry.