BANGALORE: S Ramachandra, a well-known cinematographer, died on Monday. He was 87. He had been suffering from cancer.
Ramachandra, who had worked for the award winning films such as Ghatashraddha and Deveeri, was recently admitted to the Bangalore Institute of Oncology where he was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon.
He entered film industry as a cameraman in 1960s and had worked for more than 75 Kannada and Hindi films apart from TV serials. He is known for his picturisation skills in films such as Yaadein, Ghatashraddha, Chomana Dudi, Rushya Srhinga, Akramana, Mane and Deveer.
He won national film award for best cinematography in 1977 for Kannada film Rishya Shringa.
He has also won the lifetime achievement award from the state government in 2006.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa has condoled his death. ‘’Ramachandra was a gifted cameraman who had worked in many national award winning Kannada films and successful Hindi tele serial Malgudi Days. He was equally at ease in filming black and white as well as colour films. In his death, the film field has lost a versatile cameraman,’’ said Yeddyurappa.
Terming the demise of Ramachandra as unfortunate, director Girish Kasaravalli has said Ramachandra had worked for eight of his films. ‘’He was a force behind for offbeat films. It will be a great difficult to fill the vacuum created by his death. His death is a great loss to Kannada film industry", he said.