List of Kannada Film Artists with Honorary Doctorate Degree

List of Kannada Film Artists with Honorary Doctorate Degree: Honorary Doctorate degrees are bestowed by Universities to someone who has immensely contributed to the particular field.  We have made an attempt to list out Kannada film artist whom were conferred with Honorary Doctorate degree from different universities in India and Abroad.

These artists in their long journey in Kannada Cinema have contributed so much to the Kannada film industry in their own way. apart from these artists, Actors Sridhar and Jayamala obtained doctorate by presenting study paper to the university.

Bangalore University conferred the Doctorate to Actress Jayamala on 18 January 2008 for her thesis ‘rehabilitation of rural woman in Karnataka’.

Actors Sridhar was conferred with the Doctorate of Literature on 9th June 2014 for ‘Narthaka in Indian Dance with special reference to Bharatanatyam’ from Hampi Kannada University.

Lets check out the list of Kannada Film Artists with Honorary Doctorate Degree…


Dr Rajkumar1. Rajakumar

Occupation: Actor / Singer
Years active: ‎1954-2005
Doctorate awarded in: 1976
University: Mysore University
University Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India


Dr Vishnuvardhan2. Vishnuvardhan

Occupation: Actor
Years active: ‎1972-2009
Doctorate awarded in: 2005
University: Bangalore University
University Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India


3. B. Saroja Devi

Occupation: Actor
Years active: ‎1955-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2006
University: Bangalore University
University Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India


girish kasaravalli4. Girish Kasaravalli

Occupation: Director
Years active: ‎1977-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2006
University: Kuvempu University
University Location: Shimoga, Karnataka


actress leelavathi5. Leelavathi

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1958-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2008
University: Tumkur University
University Location: Tumkur, Karnataka, India


6. K. S. Ashwath

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1955-2007
Doctorate awarded in: 2008
University: Tumkur University
University Location: Tumkur, Karnataka, India


dharmasere-song-lyrics7. Srinath

Occupation: Actor
Years active: ‎1967-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2008
University: The Open International University for Complementary Medicines
University Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka


baraguru ramachandrappa8. Baraguru Ramachandrappa

Occupation: Writer / Director
Years active: ‎1978-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2008
University: Kuvempu University
Place: Shimoga, Karnataka


bharathi vishnuvardhan9. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1966-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2010
University: Karnataka State Open University
University Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India


10. Sundar Raj

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1967-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2011
University: The Open International University for Complementary Medicines
University Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka


actress jayanthi11. Jayanthi

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1960-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2012
University: Mysore University
University Location: Mysore, Karnataka, India


kannada actor rajesh12. Rajesh

Occupation: Actor
Years active: ‎1963-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2012
University: Hampi University
University Location: Ballari, Karnataka, India


rebel-star-ambarish-passed-away13. Ambareesh

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1972-2018
Doctorate awarded in: 2013
University: Karnataka University
University Location: Dharwad, Karnataka, India


Ade-Raga-Ade-Hadu-song-lyrics14. Shivaraj Kumar

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1986-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2014
University: Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University
Place: Ballari, Karnataka, India


hamsaleka15. Hamsalekha

Occupation: Music Director
Years active: ‎1981-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2014
University: Bangalore University
University Location: Bangalore, Karnataka, India


actor upendra16. Upendra

Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1989-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2015
University: Angkor Khemara University
University Location: Cambodia


kannada actor v ravichandran17. V. Ravichandran

Occupation: Actor
Years active: ‎1981-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2019
University: C.M.R University
Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, India


thriller manju18. Thriller Manju

Occupation: Stunt Director / Actor
Years active: ‎1990-present
Doctorate awarded in: 2019
University: National Virtual University for Peace and Education
University Location: Virtual


List of Kannada Film Artists with Honorary Doctorate

Name Year University
Rajakumar 1976 Mysore University
Vishnuvardhan 2005 Bangalore University
Saroja Devi 2006 Bangalore University
Girish Kasaravalli 2006 Kuvempu University
Leelavathi 2008 Tumkur University
K. S. Ashwath 2008 Tumkur University
Srinath 2008 OIUCMED, Sri Lanka
Baraguru Ramachandrappa 2008 Kuvempu University
Bharathi 2010 Karnataka State Open University
Sunder Raj 2011 OIUCMED, Sri Lanka
Jayanthi 2012 Mysore University
Rajesh 2012 Hampi University
Ambareesh 2013 Karnataka University
Shivaraj Kumar 2014 VSKUB
Hamsalekha 2014 Bangalore University
Upendra 2015 AKU, Cambodia
V. Ravichandran 2019 C.M.R University
Thriller Manju 2019 NVUP

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