Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Educational institutions across the State remained closed on Wednesday after the Government declared a holiday as a mark of respect to the superstar Vishnuvardhan who passed away in Mysore.

The film industry received the news of his death with shock and disbelief.

Theatres remained closed and all film-related activities came to a standstill as film personalities queued up either at the actor’s Jayanagar residence or at the National College grounds at Basavanagudi where the body was kept for public to pay their last respects. A large number of technicians and artistes who worked with the star during his illustrious career spanning over three decades mourned his death.

Anticipating trouble, many shops and business establishments in the city, especially in the southern parts remained closed. While in many places shops closed voluntarily, fans forced the shops to down shutters in several other areas.

While most hotels in Basavanagudi and Jayanagar that witnessed violence remained shut, hoteliers in other adjoining areas such as J.P. Nagar, Banashankari and others closed voluntarily.

Similarly, though the malls had opened in the morning they shut shop after news of violence spread.