Jnanpith winner actor Girish Karnad dies

June 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 6/10/2019 12:00:01 PM IST

 Girish Karnad, a Jnanpith 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 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 artist is survived by his son Raghu, a writer and a journalist.

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

The state government declared a day’s holiday on Monday as a mark of respect to Karnad and a three-day mourning will be observed across the state till June 12.

“The scheduled state cabinet expansion on Wednesday has also been postponed to a later date,” said the official.

“Karnad will be cremated with state honours in the city as per Hindu rites,” the official added.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Prsident, Rahul Gandhi, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, Film Fraternity, Bengali film fraternity, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal-Secular supremo H.D. Deve Gowda and Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Leaders from across political parties in Maharashtra and others have mourned Karnad’s death and offered their condolences to his family members and relatives.

“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,” tweeted Modi. In addition to the Jnanpith Award in 1988, he was also honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, apart from four National Film Awards and a Sahitya Akademi honour.

“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 and fans around the world,” Gandhi tweeted.

Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar, who directed Karnad in “Tiger Zinda Hai” and “Ek Tha Tiger”, can’t forget his “great experience” of working with the actor. 



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