Actor and Playright Girish Karnad Passes Away, Kanrantaka Government Announces Holiday

Actor, filmmaker and playwright Girish Karnad passed away on Monday. He was 81 years old.

81-year-old renowned actor, playwright and filmmaker Girish Karnad passed away at his residence in Bengaluru. His cremation will be held at Baiyappanahalli crematorium in East Bengaluru later in the day. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted condolences and announced a holiday on Monday.

“It will be a holiday today for one day for all government offices, schools and colleges due to the sudden demise of Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad. He will be cremated with state honours and there will be three days of mourning. It is also clarified that this is in accordance with the steps taken by the government when Jnanpith award winners have previously passed away”, a statement from the CM office said.

PM Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences for the legendary playwright. Modi tweeted, “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.”

Karnad predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. He is one of the most iconic modern Indian playwriting in Kannada. Recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India, Karnad playwright and for more may films. He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, and had won several awards for direction in Kannada cinema. Karnad worked in more than 50 South Indian films.

Karnad also worked in Bollywood. His Hindi movies include Nishaant, Manthan, Swami, Pukar and Raknadeep. He had a good equation with Nagesh Kukunoor and worked with him in movies like Iqbal, Dor8 x 10 Tasveer and Aashayein.

In 2012, he played the role of RAW chairman, Shenoy, in Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger. He reprised his role of Shenoy in Tiger Zinda Hai. Karnad was also seen in Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay.

Karnad is survived by his wife Saraswathi and son Raghu Karnad. Many prominent celebrities including the big actors and politicians shared their condolences on Twitter.

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