Bengaluru: Veteran playwright and actor Girish Karnad passed away in Bengaluru on Monday morning at 6.30, at the age of 81 after a prolonged old-age illness. Karnad, a recipient of Jnanpith Award, was also conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He showed his proficiency as Film actor, director, television anchor, and so many areas.
Born on 19 May 1938 in Matheran, Karnad learned English and Marathi at school. However, he had chosen Kannada for his writing with a style that combines with history, mythology, and contemporary subjects. He made his acting debut and screenwriting debut in iconic Kannada movie, "Samskara" (1970), based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy. It was directed by Pattabhirama Reddy, and the film won the first President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.
Though he started his career in cinema as an actor, he is best known as a writer and thinker. Karnad was one of the most prominent artistic voices of his generation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences on Twitter said that the actor's works would continue being popular in the years.