One of the highly respected theatre personalities the father of street plays in Karnataka ASM – A.S.Murthy stepped in to 80 on August 16. ASM decked in pure white coat and black shirt tucked inside was looking gleeful with permanent neatly shaped white beard. Eminent writer of ‘Mysore Mithra’ newspaper from Mysore was looking like the delicious ‘Mysore Pak’ in his new attire.
It was a two in one celebration of Amazing Sensible and Mesmerize (ASM we have coined like this) qualities ASM birthday on Saturday evening at Abhinaya Tharanga in Hanumanthnagar. In the presence of Frame and Abhinaya Tharanga acting school students, family members, producers B.K.Srinivas, director cum producer K.E.Chennagangappa, director B.Suresh, Vishnukanth, music director Abhiman, actor Vijay, Shuba Poonj, Muniraju, Ashwini, PRO’s Nagendra, Sudheendra Venkatesh, Vijayakumar and close media friends ASM cut two huge cakes and then batted the questions from the students on their queries with the media friends. AMS journalist colleagues Babu Dinakar, Nandakumar, Vikas Negiloni, Chetan Nadiger, K.S.Vasu, Parashuram, Chitratara editor R.Manohar, Raghavendra Chitravani Sunil Sudheendra, D.G.Vasu were present at the birthday celebration.
Two huge cakes were cut on this occasion by ASM. After cutting the cake ASM offered it to his grandson. The daughters of ASM, son K.M.Prakash, daughter in law Vanamala, ace singer M.D.Pallavi and her husband Arunkumar joined the cake cutting celebration. The students joined in chorus to wish birthday wishes at this point of time.
Producer of Mandakini B.K.Srinivas besides wishing the 80 years ASM said he is still a man of 50 years. Students learning under this Banyan tree surely get the blessings for future career he opined. On the controversial gossips, the need of female directors, the route to meet the media, significance of preparation and presentation in style cropped up in the 20 minutes question and answer session between the students of ‘Frame’ and media.
The 40 members of family of ASM went to Sri Lakshminarasimha temple on Sunday morning at Akkihebbal – the home town of ASM that is situated 170 kilometers away from Bangalore and held the traditional Pooja. At the choultry situated next to the Srilakshmi Narasimha Temple the ASM family members celebrated the birthday in a fitting manner.