Girish Karnad: Veteran actor dies at 81

Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad was 81

Dr Girish Karnad acted in only one Marathi movie Umbartha directed by Dr Jabbar Patel.

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.

PM Modi remembered him for his "versatile acting" and tweeted, "Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums". "The state government has declared holiday for all schools, colleges and offices for the day (Monday) and three-day mourning till June 12 as a mark of respect to Karnad", the official of the Chief Minister's Office said.

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The last rites of the departed soul will be held in Kalpali electric crematorium, Bengaluru, at 4.30 pm on Monday. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. "I was fortunate enough to work with him and the kind of experience he brought in on the sets was awesome, he always had something new and more to add", Ali said.

Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar also tweeted his condolences, "Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnad ji". She wrote on Twitter, "May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir".

He was a reputed scholar, who raised his voice on socio-political issues. Ali also said he was fortunate enough to work with him and the kind of experience he brought in on the sets was awesome, he always had something new and more to add. Karnad made his acting debut and screenwriting debut in iconic Kannada movie, "Samskara" (1970). He also featured in television serials, including the famous Malgudi Days, based on the works of renowned Indian English author, R.K. Narayan.

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His son Raghu Karnad told reporters the mathematics graduate turned Jnanpith awardee - who had earned a master's in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford in between - had died of multiple organ failure. He won 10 National Film Awards, including Best Direction for his directorial debut, Vamsa Vriksha.

Actor, dramatist and director Girish Karnad is presented the Jnanpith Award by then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on March 27, 1999 in New Delhi, India.

Numerous fans, well wishers, celebrities and colleagues from the film fraternity have mourned the untimely demise of Girish Karnad.

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Karnad served as the Director of the Film and Television Institute of India (1974-1975) and Chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of the Performing Arts (1988-93).

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