Noted playwright-actor Girish Karnad passes away; PM Modi, President Kovind, Kamal Haasan pay tribute
The Jnanpith awardee died at his home in Bengaluru.
The Rhodes Scholar reportedly breathed his last at his Bengaluru home at around 8:30 a.m. due to age-related ailments.
Born May 19, 1938 in Matheran, Karnad - who went on to write, direct, act in Kannada, Hindi, English and Konkani - wrote his first play, the critically-acclaimed 'Yayati' while still at Oxford in 1961.
He made his acting and screenwriting debut in 1970 with the Kannada film 'Samskara'.
He was conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 for his contributions to theatre. In 1992, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan, in recognition of his contributions to the arts.
Tributes have been flowing in on social media for the veteran. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Karnad would be remembered for 'his versatile acting across all mediums'.
Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes… https://t.co/e2nCClXr60— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1560143088000
President Ram Nath Kovind offered condolences, saying, "Our cultural world is poorer today."
Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poore… https://t.co/iakPOlWAPB— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1560143383000
Rahul Gandhi also condoled the demise of the playwright, saying India had lost a 'beloved son'.
Playwright, actor, director but above all a great human being, in Girish Karnad’s passing India has lost a beloved… https://t.co/AWYKNDxtc5— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) 1560150666000
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also remembered Karnad, tweeting, "Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country."
Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. Girish j… https://t.co/nLPRhFQjBR— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) 1560140926000
Congress leader DK Shivakumar, wrote, "As an eminent playwright, film director, actor and recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith Award, he leaves behind a great legacy."
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Padma Bhushan Shri Girish Karnad. As an eminent playwright, film director,… https://t.co/qU8mvkWi1J— DK Shivakumar (@DKShivakumar) 1560141321000
Actor-turned-politcian Kamal Haasan said, "His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable."
Mr.Girish Karnad, His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their… https://t.co/objvBiPAdJ— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) 1560141856000
Haasan's daughter actress Shruti Haasan, actor Farhan Akhtar also paid tribute to the legend.
Girish Karnad. RIP. Condolences to his family.— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 1560146277000
May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed :(— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) 1560140502000