Renowned playwright, actor, and filmmaker Girish Karnad passes away
Karnad’s last work as an actor in Bollywood was in Salman Khan starrer Tiger Zinda Hai in 2017.
Renowned actor, filmmaker and playwright Girish Karnad, 81, passed away on Monday morning. He breathed his last at Vittal Mallya Road residence, Bengaluru.
Karnad was awarded the Jnanpith in 1998, the highest literary honour in the country. Karnad was also honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan.
Girish Karnad, veteran actor and playwright, and Jnanpith awardee, passed away this morning. More details awaited pic.twitter.com/YiQT8kCEqD— ANI (@ANI) June 10, 2019
He was a playwright in Kannada, with numerous plays to his credit. His plays have been adapted to many languages.
Karnad has acted in a few Bollywood movies, with some memorable performances too.
Born in Maharashtra’s Matheran, on May 19, 1938, Karnad first acted in a Kannada movie Samskara in 1970.
Many on Twitter expressed their condolences for the legendary film personality.
Can you think of anyone else who could become President of the Oxford Union,could then come back & write brilliant plays in Kannada, could direct art films & also act in Salman Khan movies?— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) June 10, 2019
Just a glimpse of what a Renaissance man Girish Karnad was.
A great loss to India
Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri #GirishKarnad .— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) June 10, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/s5bfbh0VgE
Playwright, actor, institution-builder and patriot, Girish Karnad was a colossus. It was a privilege to have known him, a far greater privilege to have seen his plays and read his work. I wrote this tribute to him on his 80th birthday:https://t.co/uCY8gi0KGe— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) June 10, 2019
Writing, acting, directing, speaking in Kannada, Hindi, English and Konkani.. Girish Karnad represents the true plural multi-lingual ethos of this country.. a formidable public intellect and creative genius, Karnad’s range of plays and films make him a standout figure RIP— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 10, 2019
He was a giant. Unparalleled loss to Indian literature, theater and movies fraternity. Yes, he was ideologically left of center, but respected by everyone. He proudly defended what he believed in with utmost integrity and impeccable honesty. Only one of his kind. #GirishKarnad https://t.co/XJEo2yuPVi— Yashwant Deshmukh ???????? (@YRDeshmukh) June 10, 2019
Notable plays he has worked include Taledanda, The Dreams of Tipu Sultan, Odakalu Bimba, The Fire, and the Rain.
Karnad’s last work as an actor in Bollywood was in Salman Khan starrer Tiger Zinda Hai in 2017 where he played the role of a RAW chief Dr. Shenoy.
He leaves behind his wife Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy and two children.