Girish Karnad: Veteran actor dies at 81

Girish Karnad: Veteran actor dies at 81

Girish Karnad: Veteran actor dies at 81

The whole country went into a state of shock yesterday as everyone got the tragic news about the passing away of Girish Karnad, a well known actor, playright and a director. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar also tweeted his condolences, "Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnad ji". May his soul rest in peace.

However, Girish Karnad always wanted to be a writer and scripted Yayati before he left to England. "Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable", Kamal Hassan wrote in his tweet. "Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed".

On his demise, actor Satish Shah wrote a heartwarming message about Karnad, thanking the late actor for his entire acting career.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda have offered their condolences, as did a slew of actors and technicians from the Indian film industry. "Thoughts are with @rkarnad and his family". Karnad directed other movies in the Kannada and Hindi languages. He has been conferred Padma Shri in 1974, Padma Bhushan in 1992 and the Jnanpith Award, the highest literary award in India in 1998.

Karnad was a Jnanpith award victor, multi-lingual scholar, master playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and a colossus in India's cultural landscape.

Karnad has written numerous plays in Kannada and is considered one of Kannada literature's foremost playwrights. He made his directorial debut with Vamsha Vriksha (1971), based on a Kannada novel by S.L. Bhyrappa. The film won Best Marathi film award at National Awards and it is considered as "a honest cinematic statement on the theme of a woman seeking to establish her identity by pursuing a career, even at the risk of alienation from her family".

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