Girish Karnad, an applauded Indian actor and playwright, breathed his last on Monday morning. Girish was 81-year-old and died due to multiple-organ failure. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee was a veteran dramaturge and actor who made his name in literature too.

A brilliant Scholar, who was born at Matheran in Maharashtra, Karnad started writing plays in Kannada during the 1960s – a period noticeable by resurgence of sorts in the Indian language theatre. It saw the rise of legends like Bengal’s Badal Sarkar, Maharashtra’s Vijay Tendulkar and Mohan Rakesh writing in Hindi. Karnad’s strength, like these authors, was how he used his inborn Kannada to turn out proficient plays, which connected the wide gap between literature and the common man.

Mr Karnad debuted in films in 1970 and acted in nearly a 100 movies since then. Karnad’s ability to use history and mythology in a way that they became relevant to the modern man and his maladies was fascinating.

Karnard’s demise came as a shudder to many. Girish Karnad had prior pledges like performing his play Tughlaq in Delhi. He was also being considered for Ali Abbas Zafar’s Tiger 3 alongside Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Various celebrities offered their commiserations to the late actor.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President of India Ram Nath Kovind and many top political leaders paid honor to the legend on Twitter. CM of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy, declared a day of public holiday and three days of mourning in the state.


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