Veteran playwright-actor Girish Karnad passes away

Veteran playwright and theater legend Girish Karnad , who predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood passed away on Monday, 10th June. He was 81.

Karnad is an Indian playwright, author, actor, and film director whose films and plays, written largely in Kannada, explore the present by way of the past. Be it theatre, writer or films, he excelled across all mediums. Saddened by his demise.

He is the recipient of Jnanpith Award for Kannada, the highest literary honour conferred in India for his contributions to literature and theater. For four decades Karnad has been composing plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues.  He was conferred Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the government of India. He had also won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema.

Karnad had made his acting as well as screenwriting debut with a 1970 Kannada movie Samskara. The film, based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy and directed by Pattabhirama Reddy, won the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.


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