Anant Nag

  • Birthday: 04. September 1948
  • Birthplace: Honnavar
  • Awards: 1991 - Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actor


Anant Nagarkatte (born 4 September 1948) popularly known as Anant Nag is an actor and politician from Karnataka, India. He is considered one of Kannada cinema's finest actors. As a result, he is popularly known as an actor with no-failures, by critics.[citation needed] In addition to Kannada movies, he has acted in Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi movies. He has also acted in Malgudi Days, directed by his younger brother Shankar Nag based on the stories by R. K. Narayan. His work was much appreciated by critics at that time. He is fluent in Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and with a good understanding of Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The versatile natural acting coupled with the style of speaking (accent of southern Kannada with a tint of coastal touch) made him one of the most successful actors in Kannada cinema.

Anant Nag was born on 4 September 1948[2] to Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte in the Uttara Kannada district of the Kingdom of Mysore (present day Karnataka). He grew up in Shirali, a village near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada. He had his early education under the aegis of Ananda Ashrama in Dakshina Kannada district and Chitrapura Matha in Uttara Kannada. He was sent to Bombay (now Mumbai) for onward education. This was when he was drawn towards the theatre movement of Bombay and he was selected to act in Konkani, Kannada and Marathi plays which he did till he turned 22.