Veteran film and theatre personality Girish Karnad passes away at 81

Carla Harmon
June 10, 2019

"Karnad died at home in Bengaluru at around 8:30 am due to age-related symptoms", an official in the Karnataka Chief Minister's office said to a news agency.

Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru at 6.30 am, according to his family.

Karnad was born on May 19, 1938 in Matheran, Maharashtra. His mother worked towards the cause of widows which had much influence on his life. His early schooling was in Marathi.

His parents moved to Dharwad in 1952 and he did his schooling at Basel Mission. He then travelled to England and studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Magdalen in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (1960-63), earning his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics.

Meanwhile, condolences continue to pour in from his many fans and well-wishers across the world.

He was an eminent playwright with works such as "Nagmandala", "Yayati" and "Tughlaq", which was one of the most successfully performed plays, to his credit.

Not just literary works, the multifaceted personality got himself involved in films.

Karnad, known for his work in the field of literature and cinema, also became a renowned face in the country after essaying the role of Swami's father in Malgudi Days TV series. He made his directorial debut with Vamsha Vriksha (1971) which won him a National Award for Best Direction.

Some of his popular Kannada movies include Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Cheluvi, Kaadu and Kanooru Heggaditi. As an actor, he worked in numerous of films, cutting across all the language barriers.

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