Publicado: Mar, Junio 11, 2019
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Girish Karnad: Veteran actor dies at 81

Girish Karnad: Veteran actor dies at 81

Jnanpith award victor, multi-lingual film actor and noted theatre personality Girish Karnad passed away on Monday in Bengaluru, an official said.

Karnad's work as a playwright spans five decades, while his contributions to cinema as a writer and actor came over more than 40 years.

Yayati, Karnad's first play, was written seven years later.

A Rhodes scholar, Mr Karnad debuted in films in 1970 and acted in almost a 100 movies since then.

It is the end of an era as the ace playwright and actor, also known for his comments on social and political issues, breathes his last. He wrote the screenplay and played the lead role in the film. He later followed it up with films such as "Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane", "Ondanondu Kaladalli", "Cheluvi", "Kaadu" and "Kanooru Heggaditi". He became a renowned face in the country after essaying the role of Swami's father in Malgudi Days, the TV series based on short stories by RK Naryanan. In 1992, India's third-highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan, was conferred on Karnad.

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Noted playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad, a progressive voice that championed the freedom of expression, died at his residence here on Monday, official sources said. Karnad's last film appearance was as Research and Analysis Wing chief Shenoy in the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai, in 2017. In fact, Karnad went on to receive the Jnanpith Award in 1998 for his contribution to the field of literature.

He also received the Sahitya Academy Award and numerous National Film Awards.

"The state government has declared holiday for all schools, colleges and offices for the day (Monday) and three-day mourning till June 12 as a mark of respect to Karnad", the official of the Chief Minister's Office told.

Historian Ramachandra Guha wrote, "In his plays, Girish Karnad beautifully and seamlessly blended North and South, the folk and the classical, the demotic and the scholarly".

Samskara marked Karnad's entry into filmmaking in 1970.

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