Bengaluru: Renowned playwright, writer, actor Girish Karnad dies at 81


Bengaluru, Jun 10 (IANS): Jnanpith award winner, multi-lingual actor, well-known theatre personality and noted playwriter Girish Karnad passed away here on Monday, an official said. He was 81.

"Karnad died at his home at around 8.30 a.m. due to age-related symptoms," an official in the Karnataka Chief Minister's office told IANS.

The veteran actor is survived by his son Raghu, a writer and journalist. 

According to a family source, Karnad succumbed to multi-organ failure at his residence at Lavelle Road in the city's upscale locality near the famous Cubbon Park.

In a career spanning six decades, Karnad acted mostly in Kannada and Hindi films, which were in mainstream and off-beat genres. He also featured in television serials, including the famous "Malgudi Days", based on the works of renowned Indian English author, R.K. Narayan.

Born on May 19, 1938 at Matheran near then Bombay (Mumbai) and educated at Sirsi in Karnataka's coastal town, Karnad composed many plays and acted in some of them such as "Tughlaq" and "Hayavadana".

His last play "Rakshasa Tangadi", was published last year.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular supremo H D Deve Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D V Sadananda Gowda have offered their condolences. 

The last rites of the departed soul will be held in Kalpali electric crematorium, Bengaluru, at 4.30 pm on Monday. As per his last wish, the family has decided to not follow any religious and state honour during his last rites.

  

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  • Abdullah Kudroli, Kudroli/ Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jun 12 2019

    Malgudi Days was not just a serial it was my childhood! RIP Girish

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  • Florine Pinto, Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 12 2019

    A great legend , scholar, we shall miss him. May he rest in eternal peace

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  • Alban D'Souza, Udyavar - Mumbai

    Wed, Jun 12 2019

    Very sad news! Great personality with regards to Indian culture . Writer, Dramatist poet and so on but he was humble and simple. His contribution to language of Kannada was large.We specially proud of him as he is from Karnad, Mulky man of soil.He will remain as one of thinker, philosopher and rational person very much human irrespective of any religion caste or community. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • James, Belman

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Unbearable loss to the whole country. A very straight forward personality irrespective of caste creed and religion. May almighty grant him eternal rest.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Unique exceptional great talent we really lost and we do pray Almighty to grant eternal peace to his departed soul.

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    RIP sir

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  • MRS.A.F.D SOUZA, kUNDAPUR/MUMBAI

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    RIP Girish Karanadji. We miss your legendary voice. Condolences to the bereaved family n friends.

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  • Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Like other left thinkers Karnad was also critical only towards one wing of our system. He was silent towards wrongful acts of others. So it made many to question his stand.Anyway he is considered to be a excellent literate and thinker.

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  • Ordinary Person, Bombay

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    The highly talented Girish Karnad Sir has several friends here in Bombay who miss him a lot. His passing away has come as a shock. His visits here will be badly missed. RIP.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    after Manjeshwar Govind Pai, Karnad was the greatest Kannada litterateur personality hailing from konkani community....RIP Sir....

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  • Peter Saldanha, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Karnad was a prolific and multi talented, he was fluent in Marathi as well.. By the way you missed Gourish and Jayant Kaikini other two Konkani Saraswat writers, Also Na D'souza.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Tue, Jun 11 2019

    Yes Sir, Na Dsouza was President of Kannada Sahithya Sammelana..

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    A Famous personality in the film industry and played several roles as a actor, RIP

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    He was a Rhodes scholar to Oxford, UK in the 1960s and earned a master of arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics. He then took up service with Oxford University Press in 1963 and rose to be Manager by 1969. His wide-ranging education gave an extensive background for his extraordinary gift as playwright.
    His Yayati and Tughlaq plays put him in the front rank of contemporary dramatists.
    Girish Karnad has lately made his mark in avant garde films. "Samskara" won the President’s Gold Medal in 1971 and "Vamsha Vriksha" was awarded the President’s Award for Direction.
    He was given the Kamladevi Award for the Best Play (Hayavadana) in 1971 by the Bharatiya Natya Sangh and awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship for creative work (1970-72).
    For his eminence in the field of drama and his contribution to creative theatre arts, Shri Girish Karnad received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Playwriting.
    || Om Shanti ||

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  • Rashmi, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Very well written obituary. He truly deserves. One of the most highly learned and talented person. He did not go behind money but went behind realizing his dreams of making more art films and acting in dramas.

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    He was a great actor, writer and he excelled in whatever he did. Yeah he too had his own share of controversies, I dont know if he was a non-believer, so naturally many people also hated him. anyways RIP... to the departed soul.

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  • Frederick Sequeira, Kallianpur

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    A great talented ,call it a revolutionary. I was mesmerized at seeing SAMSKAARA in the early Seventies, n still recall that film. Fortunately I had an opportunity of sitting beside him in Indian Expressions flight to Bangalore -Mumbai flight in the year 1991 November. So cordial in conversation. Now only a memory. A great Rationalist no more. May he rest in peace.

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  • alwyn soans, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    very sad ...RIP

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  • Vasu, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Very sad news. Great director and actor, made great films like Ondanondu Kaladalli with Shankar Nag and Nishanth, Manthan in Hindi. Hearty condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Frank, Tulunad Rajya

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Although he is a konkno, his contribution to konkni is nil.

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  • Jrome, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Is it fair to highlight what is not done? Highlight what is done...and what can be emulated...

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  • Francis, Mumbai/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Frank, I don't think , he is a konkno...

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  • Frank, Tulunad Rajya

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    1)He is very much a konkno and like many other traitors never contributed to konkani. 2)His criticism too was selective. 3 He had comments on only controversial issues. I'm very certain he's a konkno and a traitor to konkani. Made no contribution in konkani

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    R.I.P.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Rest in Peace Girish Karnad ...

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  • Prakash D' Cunha, Bajpe/Ashoknagar/Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Great veteran talent of the nation has breathed his last today.May his departed soul rest in eternal peace in heaven.

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  • Hindustani, Manipal/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    SADGATHI

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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    For me his best work was Movie Samskaara of the 70's. You can watch it no matter how much ever times even to this day.

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  • vnayak, Mangalore/Switzerland

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    I agree. I saw it in 74 in Paris and was proud that also Kannada movies could be as good as those made by Satayajit Ray.

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  • Evans Alex, Falnir Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Sad to know that Girish Karnad is no more.A doyen of the day ,a multifaceted personslity,who has left an indelible mark im every field that he laid his hand on.Msy his doul trst on peace

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  • Swastik, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Your had the legendary voice, we miss you sir .

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  • Augustine Daniel DSouza, Udupi Mumbai STATE OF KUWAIT.

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    very sad news
    Heartfelt condolences to his family
    May his Soul Rest in Peace.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    RIP MOST CONTROVERSIAL PERSON

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  • N.M, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    nothing in comparison to fekoo and dakoo.

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi / Seattle

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Please reveal / change your name, 'Krishna, Udupi' and move out of Udupi. You cannot be more crude and cursed.

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  • Chatty Shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    One of the greatest thinkers and rational person. Loved by many. Hated by the usual group of people known to all.
    RIP dear sir. Mathhomme Hutti Banni.

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  • Paul D Souza, Bondel/Sharjah

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Very sad news.Great actor may his soul rest in Peace.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Condolences. Great Personality.
    RIP.

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  • Abdul kader,, Vidyanagar , KASARAGOD.

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    As an actor, his performance in 'Malgudi Days' series was real classic., RI P, Sir.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    One of the greatest theatre personalities of India. His contributions to the theatre and the movies are unforgettable. He will always be remembered for his work. Lost a gem, may he rest in peace..

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    RIP Girish Karnad-ji...

    "His rational views had angered a section of the society." - Could have been like 'Pansare, Gauri Lankesh' if that section of the society had things in it's way.

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  • Prashant Karkera, Hejamady/Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    He died a peaceful death, let us all pray for his soul, everybody live their own ideology .....

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  • Dheeraj, Shirva Manchakal

    Mon, Jun 10 2019

    Even for peaceful death will open accountancy book...to check where gone wrong.

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