He started his theatre career in 1982 through a theatre workshop conducted by Ashok Badaradinni, a graduate from National School of Drama. He has worked for Neenasam theatre institute from 1984 as an actor and technician. He then joined Rangayana in 1989 and worked under the guidance of B. V. Karanth for around 9 years.
In 2002 he founded his own school for theatre arts, Natana and conducted many workshops through this institute in various parts of Karnataka.
He has also written two books, Rangavalli and Kanavarike that are releated to his life in theatre. He has acted in around 150 films among which,,,, are prominent.
He has also appeared in television series like. The popular plays he has directed include,, to name a few.
He is currently serving as the director for Natana School of Theatre arts situated in Mysuru.
He also appears as Mandya Muddesha in the popular Kannada sketch comedy show, hosted by Srujan Lokesh currently being aired on Colors Kannada channel.