Published: Mon, June 10, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Kamal Haasan offers condolences for Girish Karnad!

Kamal Haasan offers condolences for Girish Karnad!

Karnad has written numerous plays in Kannada and is considered one of Kannada literature's foremost playwrights. His daughter and actor Shruti Haasan wrote, "May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir". His most famous include Yayati in 1961, Hayavadana in 1972 and Nagamandala in 1988.

He has been conferred with several prestigious awards - Padma Shri in 1974, Padma Bhushan and Sahitya Akademi award in 1994, and Jnanpith award in 1998. He made his acting as well as screenwriting debut in the 1970 Kannada movie, Samskara, which went onto win the President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.

The multifaceted author and playwright also hosted a weekly science program on the Doordarshan titled Turning Point. He later followed it up with films such as "Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane", "Ondanondu Kaladalli", "Cheluvi", "Kaadu" and "Kanooru Heggaditi".

Even as he aged, he continued to make public appearances at panel discussions and literature festivals to discuss his work. Karnad has also made several documentaries, which has won many accolades nationally and internationally.

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Girish was reportedly at his residence in Bengaluru at the time of his death.

Born in 1938 in Maharashtra, Karnad received his initial education in Marathi and graduated from Karnataka University in Mathematics and Statistics. He completed his Bachelor's degree from Karnatak University. Girish Karnad, apart from creating quality content in the Hindi cinematic world, was extremely popular and renowned for his work down south.

He is survived by his son Raghu 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.

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