One of the most renowned faces of the Kannada theatre industry, an author, filmmaker and an activist, Girish Karnad died in a hospital in Bengaluru on Monday, as declared by his family. This 81-year-old legend was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974, the Padma Bhushan in 1992 and Jnanpith Award in 1998, which is the highest national award for literature. The internet is flooded with condolences.
Narendra Modi @narendramodi
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.
H D Kumaraswamy @hd_kumaraswamy
Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri #GirishKarnad . His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered. In his death, we lost a cultural ambassador. May his soul rest in peace.
Ramachandra Guha @Ram_Guha
Playwright, actor, institution-builder and patriot, Girish Karnad was a colossus. It was a privilege to have known him, a far greater privilege to have seen his plays and read his work. I wrote this tribute to him on his 80th
Pranab Mukherjee @CitiznMukherjee
Deeply saddened at the demise of Shri #GirishKarnad. His passing away is a colossal loss for Indian Cinema & literature. Was honoured to have conferred the Amar Ujala Lifetime Achievement Award recently on him, which was received by his son Raghu on his behalf.
Rajdeep Sardesai @sardesairajdeep
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.
Anupam Kher @AnupamPKher
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.
Anil Kapoor @AnilKapoor
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.
Kamal Haasan @ikamalhaasan
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.
Puneeth Rajkumar @PuneethRajkumar
Padma Sri Padma Bhushan senior recipient Girish Karnad has left us. His contribution to the world of literature and Indian cinema is immense. I feel lucky to have worked with him in two movies.