Bangalore, June 10 (IBNS): Veteran playwright and actor Girish Karnad, who will also be remembered for his appearance in several Bollywood movies, passed away on Monday.
He was 81.
According to reports, he died at his Bangalore residence.
A Rhodes Scholar, Girish Karnad was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India.
For four decades Karnad has composed plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues.
He has translated his plays into English and has received acclaim.
Litterateur par-excellence, actor, director, playwright and activist- the passing away of Girish Karnad shall leave an irreplaceable void in the Indian creative arena.— Randeep Singh Surjewala (@rssurjewala) June 10, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans.
May his soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/sbXi0sCH4A
His plays have been translated into some Indian languages and directed by directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B. V. Karanth, Alyque Padamsee, Prasanna, Arvind Gaur, Satyadev Dubey, Vijaya Mehta, Shyamanand Jalan, Amal Allana and Zafer Mohiuddin.
He was conferred Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and won four Filmfare Awards, of which three are Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada and the fourth a Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.
Recently, he was seen in Bollywood movies like Tiger Zinda Hai, Ek Tha Tiger and 24.
The actor will be remembered for his performance in TV series Malgudi Days.