Narayana Swamy was born on 28 December 1943 to Ramaswamy Shastri and Lalita in Mysore, in the Kingdom of Mysore of British India. He was introduced to Kannada film industry by renowned director Puttanna Kanagal. Initially, he acted in amateur dramas and practiced cinematography in Occupational Institute in Bangalore. He entered films through a small role in the Kannada movie Lagna Pathrike. After that, he got a chance to play the main role in a film directed by S K A Chari by name Madhura Milana and it was during this time, his name was changed to Srinath. Since then, he is known as Srinath. After 1975 Shubamangala, Srinath acted nearly 65 films in few years. It was Shubamangala which gave him break, and the movie is considered to be pertinent to any generation, be it 1970's or 2010's. Srinath is the younger brother of renowned Kannada theatre artist as well as film actor and writer C. R. Simha. Srinath is married to Geetha Srinath. The couple have two children, a son and a daughter. His son Rohit has acted in several Kannada movies as a child artist. His daughter Amulya currently lives in the U.S. with her husband and three daughters. At present, the family is in Bangalore.
He was a part of amateur dramas before entering cinema field. He also practised cinematography in Occupational Institute in Bangalore. His first appearance onscreen was a bit role in Kannada movie, Lagna Pathrike. Next he got lead role in the movie, Madhura Milana directed by S K A Chari. With the movie release, he changed his lengthy name to Srinath. In 1975, the classic movie, Shubamangala was released. The movie is considered to be pertinent to any generation, even during 2010’s. His next movie was Anireekshita directed by Nagesh Baba which established him as a popular actor. After that Srinath didn’t look back and established as a popular romantic Kannada actor. He was nominated by Bharatiya Janata Party as member of legislative council from the artiste fraternity for a period of six years. His major films include Besuge, Manasa Sarovara and Shubha Mangala. Thus Srinath-Manjula pair is regarded as one of the greatest Kannada onscreen pairs.