Girish Karnad passes away: 3-day mourning in Karnataka


Girish Karnad passes away: 3-day mourning in Karnataka

The 81-year-old passed away on Monday morning.

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Published: Mon 10 Jun 2019, 8:15 AM

Last updated: Mon 10 Jun 2019, 5:47 PM

Veteran actor, playwright and director Girish Karnad passed away on Monday morning in Bengaluru, India. He was 81.
Karnataka has declared a holiday for schools, colleges and government offices in the state on Monday and a three-day mourning until Wednesday as a mark of respect to Jnanpith awardee, multi-lingual actor and noted writer, an official from the Chief Minister's Office said.
Born in Maharashtra's Matheran in the year 1938, Karnad rose to fame with a Kannada play named Tughlaq which he had written at the age of 26. 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 with Padma Shri in 1974 and Padma Bhushan in 1992. 

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.
(With inputs from IANS, ANI)

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