The 60-year-old actor, who brilliantly essayed varied roles - an angry young man to venerable family head, was given a state funeral, attended by family members, political leaders, film personalities and tens of thousands of fans.
Vishnuvardhan, born in Mysore as Narayana Rao Sampath Kumar, died in his birthplace, ending an era in Kannada film industry.
He leaves behind actress wife Bharati and two daughters Keerthi and Chandana.
Image: Fans gather to pay tributes to the late Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan at National College Grounds in Bangalore on Wednesday, Dec 30 2009. (Photograph copyright PTI)
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