Bengaluru :10/6/19; Noted actor, dramatist and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad passed away in Bengaluru today morning due to multi organ failure. He was 81. Coming to fame as Kannada playwright in the 1960s, he went on to become a critically acclaimed actor and filmmaker during the later years. Besides the Jnanpith award, Karnad was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Girish Karnad was an iconic figure who has to his credit some classic plays and cinema. Starting from his acting and screenwriting debut in Samakara based on the novel by UR Ananthmurthy to his acting in Malgudi Days and Tiger Zinda Hai, he had never failed to impress the discerning audience.
The plays like Nagamandala, Yayati, Hayavadana, Tughlaq and movies like Vamshavruksha, Tabbali Ninade magane, ondanondu Kaladalli, KUVEMPU’s Kannuru Heggadati and critically acclaimed award winning movie Kadu created a new benchmark in the world of art and cinema.
The state Government has announced three days mourning and one day holiday today as a mark of respect to the noted writer. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has said that the mortal remains of Girish Karnad will be cremated with full state honours.
ABOUT GIRISH KARNAD
Girish Karnad acted in several plays and movies that have received critical acclaim. Karnad, a recipient of Jnanpith Award, was also conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992.
He was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, in the 1960s that earned him his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics.
His plays, written in Kannada, have been translated into English and several Indian languages. Karnad was one of the most prominent artistic voices of his generation.
He was an eminent playwright with works such as “Nagmandala”, “Yayati” and “Tughlaq”, which was one of the most successfully performed plays.
He was part of the parallel film movement and acted in in movies such as “Swami”, and “Nishant”. His TV credits include “Malgudi Days” in which he played Swami’s father and a hosting stint in the science magazine “Turning Point” on Doordarshan in the early 1990s.