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Popular Kannada TV Anchors of All Time

In the era of Reality shows, every day we see so many new faces on the Television screen. We also see some top actors from the Film industry hosting some specific TV shows. However, only a few anchors can create a milestone and their anchoring style is highly appreciated by the audiences. In this guide, we will be talking about the top 10 Kannada TV anchors who leave a mark on the audience’s hearts. 

Names of Top Kannada TV Anchor

In the below section, we have highlighted the best Kannada anchors with their short bio…

  1. Srujan Lokesh
  2. Santosh
  3. Akul Balaji
  4. Anushree
  5. Shwetha Chengappa
  6. Puneeth Rajkumar
  7. Sushma K Rao
  8. Arun Sagar
  9. Kavya Shastry
  10. Master Anand

Let’s talk one by one

#1. Srujan Lokesh

Kannada TV anchors

Born: 28 June 1980

Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Spouse(s): Greeshma (m.2010-present)

Awards: Suvarna Channel award: Best Anchor (2011), Madhyama award: Best Anchor (2012, 2013), Bigg entertainment award: Most popular category Best Anchor (2011)

When you think about comedy TV anchors the first name that will come to your mind is Srujan Lokesh. He is known as one of the best Kannada anchors of comedy shows. He hosted many TV shows. Some of his best works include Chota Champion, Majaa, and Majaa Talkies. He also appeared in some Kannada movies as a lead character. 

#2. Santosh

Kannada TV anchor Santosh

Born: 15 August 1985

Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Spouse(s): Surabhi Hatwar

Awards: 2017 Karnataka State Film Awards- Best Family Entertainer, 

Santosh has mainly worked in Kannada movies. However, he tried his luck in the TV shows as well. He participated in the Big Boss Kannada 2 and gained huge popularity. On top of this, he hosted some of the Kannada TV shows. But he will be always remembered as one of the best Udaya tv anchors for his amazing anchoring in the Pate Hudigir Halli Lifu show. 

#3. Akul Balaji

kannada anchor

Born: 23 February 1979

Place: Rly.Kodur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Spouse(s): Jyothi Samarthi (2008–present)

Awards: Yet to be Updated

Akul Balaji is a famous name in the Telugu and Kannada film industry. However, he started his career with a TV show, named Kuniyonu Bara and one of the best Kannada anchors of all time. Presently he is busy doing Kannada films. The reality show Pyate Hudgir Halli Lifu which he hosted with Kiccha Sudeep gives him frames. Apart from this, he also hosted two other Kannada Television shows that also gained huge popularity. These are Dancing Star 2 and Kaadige bandru. 

#4. Anushree

anchor Anushree

Born: 1988

Place: Surathkal, Karnataka, India

Awards: Karnataka State Film Awards: Best Dubbing Artist (Female), Zee Kutumba Awards 2017 – Popular Anchor, Zee Kutumba Awards 2016 – Best Anchor, Zee Kutumba Awards 2020 – Favorite Anchor

Anushree is the perfect example of the statement ‘Perseverance and confidence can take you to great heights. Keep in mind, Anushree is not one of the best Udaya tv anchors but a popular dubbing artist as well. That’s it? No more interesting facts about Anushree are waiting for you. She has appeared in many Kannada movies. After completing her education, she entered the world of acting and became an integral part of the industry for the last decade. Some of her popular TV shows as anchors are Chinnada Bete, and Swalpa Adjust Malkoli. 

#5. Shwetha Chengappa

Shwetha Chengappa

Born: 9 February 1987

Place: Garvale, Somwarpet, Kodagu, Karnataka, India

Awards: Zee Kannada in Kutumba awards, Best Actress Award in Madhyamsanman 2013

Shwetha is a Kannada TV actress as well as considered the box office winner of the Kannada Television. Apart from anchoring, she also tried her luck in the Kannada films. Kuniyonu Bara and Yaariguntu Yaarigilla are popular TV programs that show her anchoring skills. Besides, she is a good dancer as well. 

#6. Puneeth Rajkumar

Puneeth Rajkumar best tv anchor

Born: 17 March 1975

Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Spouse(s): 29 October 2021, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Awards: Bettada Hoovu for Best Child Actor, Anna Bond for best Actor. 

We include Puneeth Rajkumar in the list of top Kannada TV anchors. He is considered one of the multi-talented stars in the Kannada TV serials.  He hosted the Kotyadhipathi TV show and the show gained a high TRP rating at that time. Unfortunately, 0n 29th Oct 2021 he died due to a cardiac arrest. 

#7. Sushma K Rao

Top kannada anchor Sushma K Rao

Born: Yet to be Updated

Place: Koppa, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka, India

Spouse(s): Preetham Gubbi ​(m. 2010)​

Awards: Karnataka Television Association Award for Best Actress, Zee Kannada Award for Best Actress, Zee Kutumba Award for Best Magalu

Sushma K Rao is another top Kannada TV anchor. Besides anchoring, she also appeared in some Kannada Television serials. She started her career in S. Narayan’s Bhageerathi. However, she will be remembered for her role as Bhavana in the soap opera Guptagamini. On top of this, she is an excellent Bharatanatyam dancer and won the 1997 Aryabhata Award for Dance. 

#8. Arun Sagar

kannada tv anchors

Born: 23 October 1965

Place: Sagara, Karnataka, India

Spouse(s): Meera

Awards: 3rd Suvarna Film Awards, Karnataka State Award

Arun Nagar is an Indian actor, director, and anchor who mainly works in the Kannada industry. From his 1st movie, he is known as one of the best Kannada TV anchors and directors. His movie Bhoomi Geetha won the national award for the best environmental film. Arun Sagar has worked with many directors, like K Raghavendra Rao, Poori Jagannath, and Meher Ramesh. For his contribution to the Sri Manjunatha movie, he received the Karnataka State Award. Some of his notable works include Comedy Circle, Bengaluru Benne Dose, and Simpallag Ondu Singing Show. 

#9. Kavya Shastry

Kavya Shastry kannada tv anchor

Born: 6th Aug 1986

Place: Bangalore, Karnataka

Spouse(s): Yet to be Updated

Awards: Yet to be Updated

Though Kavya has anchored in Kannada TV shows, still she is well-known as a serial actress. Shubavivaha is the serial that gives her huge popularity. 

#10. Master Anand

best kannada tv anchor Master Anand

Born: 4 January 1984

Spouse(s): Yashaswini ​(m. 2010)

Awards: Filmfare Award, Karnataka State Award

Anand, popularly known as Master Anand is a famous Indian actor, director, and anchor. He is well-known for his work in Kannada movies. Anand started his career as a child artist. Some of his best works include Ramesh Bhat, Sihi Kahi Chandru, and Gauri. He came into the limelight after performing in the Friends movie. Then he became a Kannada TV anchor and hosted the SSLC Nan Maklu TV show. The show was aired on Asianet Suvarna. In 2011, he directed his first movie, 5 Idiots. Later he directed Paduvaralli Paddegalu- a Kannada TV series for Asianet Suvarna. Also, he directed Robo Family, another best Kannada TV show. During his career, he won many awards and has appeared in more than 60 movies. He hosted many shows including Drama Juniors which was broadcast on the Zee Kannada channel. 


These are the top 10 Kannada TV anchors that create a remarkable history in the Kannada film industry. They are multi-talented and can appear in any character. If you have any other names in your mind, let us know.

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