Ranna was one of the earliest and arguably one of the greatest poets of the Kannada language. His style of writing is often compared to that of Adikavi Pampa who wrote in the early 10th century. Together, Ranna, Adikavi Pampa and Sri Ponna are called "three gems of ancient Kannada literature".
Ranna is a 2015 Indian Kannada family drama film directed by Nanda Kishore. The principal cast includes Sudeep, Rachita Ram, Haripriya and Madhoo. The film was declared successful at the box office. It is a remake of the Telugu movie Attarintiki Daredi.