Girsh Karnad: A legendary life

Prime News, State, (Bengaluru), June 10:-Noted Indian playwright and actor Girish Karnad has died. He was 81. Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence on Vittal Mallya Road in Bengaluru on Monday.

Karnad was born in Matheran, Bombay (now Mumbai) in Maharashtra on May 19, 1938. He rose to prominence with his coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada.

He is known for writing plays on contemporary issues using mythology. He is a recipient of the Jnanpith award, the highest literary honour in India. He was also conferred with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. He is survived by his wife Saraswathi and son Raghu Karnad.

TV audiences remember Girish Karnad from Malgudi Days and Indradhanush. One of Girish Karnad’s last few film appearances was in Salman Khan’s 2017 blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai, the sequel to 2012’s Ek Tha Tiger in which Mr Karnad also starred.

Girish Karnad was a political activist and an outspoken critic of religious fundamentalism. He received the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Jnanpith Award. He also won National Film Awards for several films, including Best Director for Vamsha Vriksha and Best Screenpaly for Bhumika. (NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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