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Noted playwright-actor Girish Karnad passes away; PM Modi, President Kovind, Kamal Haasan pay tribute

The Jnanpith awardee died at his home in Bengaluru.

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Updated: Jun 10, 2019, 03.38 PM IST
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Veteran playwright-actor Girish Karnad passes away at 81
Veteran playwright-actor Girish Karnad passes away at 81
Veteran playwright, actor and film-maker Girish Karnad passed away on Monday morning. The Jnanpith awardee was 81 years old.

The Rhodes Scholar reportedly breathed his last at his Bengaluru home at around 8:30 a.m. due to age-related ailments.

Born May 19, 1938 in Matheran, Karnad - who went on to write, direct, act in Kannada, Hindi, English and Konkani - wrote his first play, the critically-acclaimed 'Yayati' while still at Oxford in 1961.

He made his acting and screenwriting debut in 1970 with the Kannada film 'Samskara'.

Girish Karnad reading his autobiography.​
Girish Karnad reading his autobiography.

He was conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 for his contributions to theatre. In 1992, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.

Tributes have been flowing in on social media for the veteran. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Karnad would be remembered for 'his versatile acting across all mediums'.


President Ram Nath Kovind offered condolences, saying, "Our cultural world is poorer today."


Rahul Gandhi also condoled the demise of the playwright, saying India had lost a 'beloved son'.



Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also remembered Karnad, tweeting, "Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country."


Congress leader DK Shivakumar, wrote, "As an eminent playwright, film director, actor and recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith Award, he leaves behind a great legacy."


Actor-turned-politcian Kamal Haasan said, "His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable."


Haasan's daughter actress Shruti Haasan, actor Farhan Akhtar also paid tribute to the legend.



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