M.T. Shivakumar

BANGALORE: Abhiman Studio, where actor Vishnuvardhan was cremated on Wednesday evening, has a nostalgic connection with the life of the late actor.

The studio was started by actor Balakrishna (Balanna), now deceased. According to Balanna’s son T.B. Ganesh, it was at this place that love between Mr. Vishnuvardhan and Bharathi blossomed during the shooting of “Mane Belagida Sose”. The couple had vowed to construct a Ganapati temple on the studio premises if their wedding ceremony went without a hitch. They kept their promise and had even appointed an archak to conduct daily puja, Mr. Ganesh told The Hindu.

This was one of the reasons why Abhiman Studio came into the picture after Mr. Vishnuvardhan’s close friend, actor Ambareesh, found the Banashankari crematorium unsuitable. “Ambareesh knew about the couple’s connection with the studio,” Mr. Ganesh added. In fact, Mr. Ambareesh arrived at the studio and personally supervised the arrangements. Later, even Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, accompanied by some of his Cabinet colleagues, paid a visit to oversee the arrangements by the police and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials. A special platform was erected for the pyre, and archaks arrived much ahead of the caravan carrying the mortal remains of the actor.