Multilingual actor and playwright Girish Karnad (81) passed away at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday. He was suffering from an illness for a long time and passed away due to multiple organ failure.
Girish Karnad was born in Maharashtra, on May 19, 1938. His mother was a young widow, who married Dr Raghunath Karnad.
PM Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind also shared their condolences on social media.
Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2019
Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poorer today. My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 10, 2019
Karnad made his acting and screenwriting debut in a Kannada film titled ‘Samskara’. The turning point of his career was playing the role of Swami’s father in the serial ‘Malgudi Days’ after which he became a household name.
He also received the Jnanpith Award which is the highest literary honour conferred in India, the prestigious Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.
Karnad has worked in many notable Hindi films such as ‘Pukar’, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, ‘Iqbal’, ‘Manthan’ and ‘Dor’.
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