Vajramuni (10 May 1944 – 5 January 2006) was an Indian actor who appeared in Kannada films. He portrayed negative characters during most of his career and was considered one of Kannada cinemas finest actors. Over his career, he came to be known for his thundering voice and sterling performance[s] that earned him the sobriquets Nata Bhairava and Nata Bhayankara.Vajramuni began his career as a stage actor and gained popularity with his portrayal of Ravana in Kanagal Prabhakar Shastris play Prachanda Ravana. He made his film debut in 1969 with Puttanna Kanagals Mallammana Pavada. His pairing with Rajkumar, with the latter as the lead, in the 1970s came to be widely appreciated, with films such as Sipayi Ramu (1972), Gandhada Gudi (1973), Sampathige Savaal (1974), Premada Kanike (1976), Bahaddur Gandu (1976), Giri Kanye (1977) and Shankar Guru (1978). Recognizing his contribution to Kannada cinema, he was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Kannada Cinema Award in 2006.
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