Girish Karnad, the legendary playwright, screenwriter, actor and director passed away at the age of 81 on Monday. According to a family source, he succumbed to a multiple organ failure after prolonged illness at his residence. As per his wishes, he was cremated with no fanfare and in the presence of his family members, close relatives and a few friends.
The Karnataka Government wanted to cremate him with state honours but decided to respect the wishes of his family. However, the state government declared a day's holiday on Monday and announced a three-day mourning that is to be observed across the state.
In a career spanning six decades, Karnad acted in Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Marathi cinema. He also acted in television serials, his most notable one being RK Narayan’s Malgudi Days. In addition to the Jnanpith award in 1988, he is also a recipient of the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and the Sahitya Academy Award. He is also a four time winner of National and Filmfare awards.
Girish Karnad was born on the 19th of May in 1938 at Matheran. After graduating from Karnataka University, he studied philosophy, politics and economics in Oxford University.
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