Girish Karnad, a veteran playwright, actor and filmmaker, passed away on the 10th of June around 6:30 A.M., in Bengaluru.
Mr. Girish, 81 years old, was suffering from health issues for a long time and on the 10th of June, around 6:30 A.M., he took his last breath at a hospital in Bengaluru.
The demise of Mr. Karnad was confirmed by his family members. Mr. Karnad contributed as an actor, writer and director and worked in more than 200 plays and several movies in Kannada and Hindi.
Girish Karnad was an iconic personality in the creative industry of theatre and cinema as well as a social activist. He was awarded the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in 1974 and 1992 respectively. He was also the recipient of the Jnanpith Award in 1998 for his contribution to literature.
Some of the prominent and critically acclaimed plays of Mr. Karnad in Kannada were Yayati, Nagamandala, Hayavadana and Tughlaq.
The famous Hindi movies in which he acted were Nishant (1975,) Iqbal (2005,) Dor (2006,) Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017.)
According to Girish Karnad’s family, his last rites will be performed at Kalpalli crematorium, Bengaluru, on the 10th of June.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj and many other political leaders and Bollywood actors took to Twitter and mourned Girish Karnad’s demise and conveyed their condolences to his family.
I am extremely sorry to hear about the sad demise of Shri Girish Karnad. The passing away of such a talented artist is a huge loss to the art world.
श्री गिरीश कर्नाड के निधन का समाचार सुन कर बहुत दुःख हुआ. उन जैसे प्रतिभावान कलाकार के जाने से कला जगत को अपूरणीय क्षति हुई है.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 10, 2019
Condolences on the sad demise of veteran actor, director and playwright Shri Girish Karnad ji. May God render peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti.
— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) June 10, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Shri Girish Karnad in this time of grief. He will be remembered for his prolific writing, his contribution to Indian culture & his fight for social justice. pic.twitter.com/ZEACcHnjjf
— Congress (@INCIndia) 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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2019