Girish Karnad, 81, Passes Away at His Bengaluru Residence

Veteran Film And Theatre Actor Girish Karnad Passes Away At 81

Born in Maharashtra's Matheran in the year 1938, Karnad rose to fame with a Kannada play named Tughlaq which he had written at the age of 26.

Girish Karnad was one of India's distinguished playwrights.

Karnad was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992.

Karnad made his acting as well as screenwriting debut with 1970 Kannada film "Samskara", which won the first President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.

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Some of Karnad's best-known films were in Kannada - including Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane (1977) and Ondanondu Kaaladalli (1978). During this period Karnad continued to produce work as a playwright, including Hayavadana (1971), widely acclaimed as among the most important plays of post-independence India.

Karnad's 1972 film Vamsha Vriksha, which he co-directed with B.V. Karanth, won the Best Film and Best Director awards, while his famous movie Kanooru Heggadithi (1999) also bagged the Best Director award. He was a prominent filmmaker and playwright too. Featuring Indian scientist Yash Pal, the award-winning show explained complex, modern scientific discoveries in simple language.

Girish Karnad has been a part of several notable flicks like Kadhalan, Ratchagan, Chellame etc where he had played the villain, and also in movies like Minsara Kanavu and 24, which was his last movie in Tamil as an actor. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. He completed his Bachelor's degree from Karnatak University.

Karnad predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. He was aged 81 and survived by his wife Saraswathi, son Raghu Karnad and daughter Radha. He graduated from the Karnataka University and was a Rhodes Scholar in the University of Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics.

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