Noted Kannada film director B S Ranga died at a private hospital in Chennai on Sunday, family sources said.
Ranga (93) died "due to old age related problems", the sources said.
A producer, director, and cinematographer, Ranga was born on November 11, 1917 in Magadi village near Bangalore.
He forayed into photography at the age of 17 and went on to be elected as an honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society.
Subsequently, he moved to Mumbai and apprenticed himself to famous cameraman Krishna Gopal and embarked on an illustrious film career in Telugu and Kannada films.
He started his own production company "Vikram Productions" in Chennai and produced and directed many award winning films including "Tenali Ramakrishna" in Telugu starring N T Rama Rao and Akkineni Nageswara Rao and the first colour film in Kannada "Amarshili Jakkanachari", which won President's awards.
Ranga's other films included 'Mahishasura Mardhini" and "Mahasati Anusuya".
Condoling his death, President of Federatioon of Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Basanth Kumar Patil described him as "living legend whose contribution to Kannada films will go down in history".