Eminent film and theater personality, Girish Karnad passed away on Monday morning in Bengaluru after prolonged illness. He was 81.
The acclaimed actor and playwright breathed his last at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road in Bengaluru. He rose to prominence with his thought-provoking and coming of age plays in Kannada. The film and theater industry is mourning his loss and PM Narendra Modi also expressed his grief on Twitter.
NaMo wrote, “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.”
Karnataka’s Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also offrede his condolences writing, “Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri #GirishKarnad . His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered. In his death, we lost a cultural ambassador. May his soul rest in peace.”
Karnad received the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He received the Padma Shri in 1974 and Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in 1992. He had also received 10 National Film Awards.
He had worked in Bollywood films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Chalk N Duster, Shivaay, Apne Paraye, Meri Jung and Aatank among others.
We at MovieTalkies offer our condolences to his family.