Jnanpith award winner, multi-lingual film actor and noted theatre personality Girish Karnad took his last breadth on Monday morning at his residence in Bengaluru. He was 81. He is survived by his wife Saraswathi, son Raghu Karnad, a journalist and writer; and daughter Radha, a doctor based in Kenya.
Karnad was a prominent playwright for four decades, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. He wrote his first play – the critically-acclaimed “Yayati” in 1961. Other acclaimed plays written by him include “Tughlaq” (1964), “Hayavadana” (1972).
People from all walks including celebs, politicians, journalists extended their heartiest condolences too Karnad’s family in this tough time.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy expressed his condolences stating that the country has lost a “cultural ambassador.”
Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri #GirishKarnad .
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
— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) June 10, 2019
Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) June 10, 2019
Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. Girish ji’s views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 10, 2019
This is a devastating loss. Just a few months ago he sent me the draft of his brilliant new historical play. He was at the peak of his creative talent. Profound condolences to his devoted wife Saras & brilliant son @rkarnad. A flame has been extinguished that lit up so many minds https://t.co/Z8dqtdSx4U