Veteran multi-lingual film actor and theater personality Girish Karnad died in a Bengaluru hospital on Monday. 81 years old Karnad was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974, the Padma Bhusan on 1992 and the highest national award for literature, the Jnanpith award in 1998. Karnataka government has declared a public holiday on Monday to pay respect to the best known artist Girish Karnad. Karnataka Government also declared three days state mourning to pay tribute to Jnanpith Girish Katnad.
Girish Karnad was born in Matheran in 1938. The Kannada writer made his acting and screenwriting debut in 1970 release called ‘Samskara’ . The film won the President’s Golden Lotus Award. Besides , Karnad has also acted in the classic television show ‘Malgudi Days’ where he played the roll of Swami’s father.
Eminent personalities tweets :
Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2019
Playwright, actor, director but above all a great human being, in Girish Karnad’s passing India has lost a beloved son, whose memory will live on in the vast treasure trove of creative work he leaves behind.
My condolences to his family & fans around the world. pic.twitter.com/arE8f58ArA
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 10, 2019
Writing, acting, directing, speaking in Kannada, Hindi, English and Konkani.. Girish Karnad represents the true plural multi-lingual ethos of this country.. a formidable public intellect and creative genius, Karnad’s range of plays and films make him a standout figure RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 10, 2019
What will you remember #GirishKarnad for? For me Vamsha Vriksha, Ananda Bhairavi, Samskara, Nishant, Swami, Malgudi Days, Manpasand. What a huge body of work. Om Shanti ?
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) June 10, 2019
Deeply saddened to learn about #Girish Karnad. Havent 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. pic.twitter.com/XMTxTmHXIw
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) June 10, 2019
Rhodes scholar, one of the great Indian playwrights, fabulous actor and an unwavering progressive voice. Girish Karnad was a rare genius.
— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) June 10, 2019
ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು….ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರನ್ನು…ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು.. ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಬಾಳಿ ಬದುಕಿದ ಅದಮ್ಯ ಚೇತನ ಕಾರ್ನಾಡರಿಗೆ ನಮನ THANK YOU GIRISH KARNAD JI for an ENRICHING..EMPOWERING..INSPIRING LIFE YOU LED ..RIP .. Every moment I lived with you is ALIVE . Will miss you ..but will cherish you for life .. pic.twitter.com/KgFyL2Ehu5
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) June 10, 2019
Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 10, 2019
Girish Karnad’s passing away is not just a loss to theatre, films, and literature but more a loss of a sane voice. Always spoke his mind to defend what he found worth defending. RIP
— S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) June 10, 2019
Mr.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.
— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) June 10, 2019
Heartfelt condolences on passing away of one of modern India's treasures, Girish Karnad. A writer, dramatist, director and actor par excellence, he stood out for his commitment to social upliftment, equality and secularism. It is a huge personal loss too. pic.twitter.com/AdjnFttRJO
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) June 10, 2019
How terribly terribly sad. Master playwright, multi-lingual scholar, creator of a unique genre of historical plays like Tughlaq and Hayavadana and a constant beacon of free spirited liberal creativity, gone when India needed him. RIP #GirishKarnad https://t.co/0JUfhHlL91
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) June 10, 2019
I met Girish Karnad way back when he was the principal of the film institute & then worked with him in Pukar. He was a great man & playwright. His stories will forever remain in our hearts & minds. Sending my prayers & heartfelt condolences to his family. https://t.co/X7W6hF4A5t
— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) June 10, 2019
— Raj Thackeray (@RajThackeray) June 10, 2019
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) June 10, 2019
Deeply saddened to know about the sad demise of Sh. #GirishKarnad ji. He was a great artist, scholar and a brilliant playwright. My first small appearance in the film Utsav was under his direction. Also acted in both #Tuglaq and #Hayavadan – plays written by him. On Shanti.? pic.twitter.com/NiByXxJiSe
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 10, 2019
Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poorer today. My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 10, 2019
It is with the deepest sorrow that I have learnt of the passing away of Girish Karnad. In his passing, we have lost one of the greatest literary minds of our time. I send my deepest sympathy and sympathies to the family, friends and readers of the great writer.
— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) June 10, 2019