Noted actor, dramatist and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad passed away in Bengaluru this morning due to multi-organ failure.
He was 81.
Coming to fame as Kannada playwright in the 1960s, he went on to become a critically acclaimed actor and filmmaker during the later years. Besides the Jnanpith award, Karnad was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
Vamsha Vruksha, Ek tha Tiger, Nagamandala and Malgudi Days are some of the movies and TV serials in which he played a role and Odakalu bimba, Taledanda and the fire and the rain are some of the plays written by him.
President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his condolences over the demise of the Jnanapith awardee, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. In his tweet, the President said, with the passing away of Girish Karnand, cultural world has become poor today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed condolences over the passing away of noted film artist Girish Karnad. In a tweet, Mr. Modi said, Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. The Prime Minister said, the noted artist also spoke passionately on causes dear to him and his works will continue being popular in the years to come. Mr. Modi said, he is saddened by his demise.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar has also expressed condolences over the demise of noted Indian film artist Girish Karnad. In a tweet, Mr Javadekar said, he is saddened by the passing away of Girish Karnad. (AIR NEWS)