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Jnanpith winner Girish Karnad dies at 81, Film fraternity mourns deathGirish Karnad, a Jnanpith award winner, multi-lingual scholar, master playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and a colossus in India’s cultural landscape, passed away at his residence here on Monday, an official said. He was 81.

“Karnad died at 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 artist 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.

Besides the Jnanpith, he was also honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, apart from multiple National Film Awards and a Sahitya Akademi honour.

He was a reputed scholar, who raised his voice on socio-political issues.

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

Jnanpith winner Girish Karnad dies at 81, Film fraternity mourns deathKarnad, who straddled the worlds of theatre and cinema in various languages, was born on May 19, 1938 in Matheran. He graduated from the Karnatak University, and was a Rhodes Scholar in the University of Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics and economics.

With his plays “Yayati”, “Tughlaq”, “Hayavadana”, “Naga-Mandala”, “Taledanda” and “Agni Mattu Male”, he used his creativity in merging folk and historic references to modernism, capturing changes in India’s cultural, social and economic changes since gaining independence.

His plays have been translated into English as well as different Indian languages.

“Samskara” marked Karnad’s entry into filmmaking in 1970. He wrote the screenplay and played the lead role in the film.

Film fraternity mourns Girish Karnad death

After the news of Jnanpith award winner Girish Karnad’s death broke on social media, members of the film fraternity including Kamal Haasan, Shabana Azmi, Manoj Bajpayee and Madhur Bhandarkar, among many others took to Twitter to mourn the demise of the veteran playright, screenwriter, actor and director.

Karnad died at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday morning. He was 81. The veteran artist is survived by his son Raghu, a writer and journalist.

Here’s what the celebrities have tweeted:

Kamal Haasan: Girish Karnad, His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable.

Shabana Azmi: Deeply saddened to learn about Girish Karnad. Haven’t yet been able to speak with his family. Its been a friendship of 43 years and I need the privacy to mourn him. I request the media to kindly excuse me from giving quotes.

Manoj Bajpayee: Huge huge loss for the world of theatre cinema and literature! The creative world will always be indebted to him. We lost our inspiration. Girish Karnad sir.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnadji. He will be remembered for his work as a theater personality, film actor, and director. My deepest condolences to his family, friends and fans.

Sonam K. Ahuja: Rest in peace. I loved his work.

Sudhir Mishra: What the hell! This was Girish Karnad. Along with Vijay Tendulkar, Badal Sarkar and Mohan Rakesh, he was one of the great Indian playwrights. Just for his contribution to theatre he is immortal. Generations of theatre students have been formed because of his plays.

Gulshan Devaiah: A playwright, filmmaker, actor, thinker, scholar and literary giant. Goodbye good sir! And thank you Girish Karnad 1938-2019.

Prosenjit Chatterjee: Rest in peace Girish Karnad.

Rana Daggubati: RIP Girish Karnad

Shruti Haasan: May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed.

Vivek Agnihotri: The creator of ‘Hayvadan’ and ‘Utsav’ is gone. Artists go but the art remains. Om Shanti Girish Karnad.

Papon: Don’t see the point writing personal feelings on twitter but just couldn’t stop myself to tell the world that today I again feel loss in a true sense! One actor we all loved and respected is no more Girish Karnad a person I connected at various levels. Praying for the his soul.

Divya Dutta: RIP Girish Karnad sir… One actor whose inherent goodness reflected in his eyes. The thorough gentleman. Exceptional playwright. ‘Swami Ratnadeep Manthan’ embedded in my childhood memories. A gem we lost today.

Kabir Bedi: Deeply saddened by the passing of playwright Girish Karnad. My biggest break in theatre was playing the title role in his ‘Tughlaq’, directed by Alyque Padamsee, which led me into the film industry in 1970s. One of India’s great’playwrights, immortalised by his creativity. RIP.

Aditi Rao Hydri wrote –

IANS

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