Girish Karnad, veteran actor and playwright, and Jnanpith awardee, passes away

Karnad was born Girish Raghunath Karnad in Matheran, in present-day Maharashtra, in 1938. After working at the Oxford University Press, Kolkata, he decided to become a full-time writer.

Written by Newsroom Staff June 10, 2019 10:08

New Delhi: Girish Karnad, veteran actor and playwright, and Jnanpith awardee, passed away at his residence in Bengaluru early Monday morning, aged 81.

Karnad, known for his work in the field of literature and cinema, also became a renowned face in the country after essaying the role of Swami’s father in Malgudi Days TV series.

He was conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and has won four Filmfare Awards, of which three are Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada and the fourth a Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.

For his outstanding contribution towards literature, Bharatiya Jnanpith also awarded him with Jnanpith, the highest Indian literary award in 1998, four years after winning the Sahitya Academy award in 1994.

Karnad was born Girish Raghunath Karnad in Matheran, in present-day Maharashtra, in 1938. After working at the Oxford University Press, Kolkata, he decided to become a full-time writer.