Writer, playwright, actor and movie director Girish Raghunath Karnad during a photoshoot at his residence in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India on March 07, 2010. He is survived by wife, son and a daughter. Karnad's work as a playwright spans five decades, while his contributions to cinema as a writer and actor came over more than 40 years.
People from different walks of like including Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Anil Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Shruti Haasan, Madhur Bhandarkar, Shabana Azmi and others took to social media and expressed their grief on actor's death. According to reports, the cremation, which will not include any religious rituals, will be held at an electric crematorium in Baiyappanahalli.
"It will be a holiday today for one day for all government offices, schools and colleges due to the sudden demise of Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad". He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. "My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work", said Kovind. She wrote on Twitter, "May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir".
Mr Karnad won several awards, including the Jnanpith, India's most prestigious literary award and the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, which are among India's highest civilian honours.
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Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar also tweeted his condolences, "Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnad ji".
He was a reputed scholar, who raised his voice on socio-political issues.
Girish Karnad forayed into films with the Kannada movie Samskara in 1970. He is also remembered for his role in the TV adaptation, Swami and Friends, based on R K Narayan's stories of the fictitious town of Malgudi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal: Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. He then travelled to England and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (1960-63), earning his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. He made his directorial debut with Vamsha Vriksha (1971), based on a Kannada novel by S.L. Bhyrappa.