Born on 4 April 1960 in Sagara, Karnataka, Shri Akshara K.V. is a well-known teacher, theatre director and an administrator. A graduate in literature from Sagara (1975-80), he received training in theatre at the National School of Drama, New Delhi (1980-83), and went on to get his postgraduate degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, United Kingdom in 1983-84. He is associated with the Ninasam group of organizations as a teacher, theatre director and as an administrator. He also heads Akshara Prakashana, a prominent publishing house in the Kannada language. He is successfully taking forward the work initiated by his father K.V. Subbanna in the field of performing arts and literature.
Shri Akshara K.V. has written four plays, directed more than 50 productions in Kannada for the Ninasam group of institutions, and Shri Ram Centre's Repertory, New Delhi; has taught theatre at Ninasam and elsewhere; and has presented papers in more than 50 seminars on various aspects of drama, theatre, and literature in many cities of India. He has published more than 30 books in Kannada related to literature, theatre, cinema, culture, and has translated essays and books related to culture and society from English. He is currently teaching at Ninasam Theatre Institute at Heggodu, Karnataka. He has also conducted theatre workshops and short-term theatre appreciation courses at many places in Karnataka. Plays directed by him include Bettakke Chaliyadare – a children’s play by K.V. Subbanna, and Akshara with Ninasam (1980); Taayi – a Kannada translation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother; Chandrashekhara Kambara’s Alibaba (1985); Ashadada Ondu Dina – a translation of Mohan Rakesh’s Ashad ka ek Din; etc. His publication house Akshara Prakashana has published many books of critical importance to the study of theatre.
For his work in theatre and literature, Shri Akshara K.V. has been felicitated by many prestigious institutions. Three of his books Rangaprapancha (1994), Sahyadri Kaanda (1997), and Mavinamaradalli Baaleyahannu (1998) have received the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award, and he is also a recipient of the Karnataka Nataka Academy Fellowship (1999), among other felicitations by many institutions.
Shri Akshara K.V. receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 2014 for his overall contribution in the performing arts.