Hirannaiah’s popular dramas were Lunchavathara, Nadu Beedhi Narayana and Brushtachara among many others. Chor Guru Chandal Shishya, Operation Antha, Harakeya Kuri and Hudgeer Saar Hudgeeru were some of the films that he had acted.
After his father’s death, Hirannaiah took over the management of the K.Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali, which was founded by his late father. Later he became actor, director and administrator of the theatre company.
In his lifetime, he won innumerable awards that include Dr. Gubbi Veeranna award in 1998. He preferred theatre to cinema as he could express his views without censorship.