Girish Karnad, a Jnanpith winner, multi-lingual scholar, master playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and an iconic personality in India's cultural landscape, died in Bengaluru on Monday. He was 81.
The veteran artist is survived by his widow Saraswathy Ganapathy, his son Raghu Amay and daughter Shalmali Radha.
Girish Karnad had initially aspired to be an English poet, but when his first play Yayathi received a good response, he decided to pursue theatre instead.
Girish Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, on Monday.
Girish Karnad predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. He rose to prominence with his coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada.
Girish Karnad is recognised as a playwright who marked a revolution in Indian plays. He was equally active in TV and films.
Karnad started writing when he was just 14. TS Elliot, one of the most iconic 20th century poets, had read his early works and expressed great hope in him.
Girish Karnad died of multiple organ failure at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, on Monday morning. He was 81.
Karnataka government has declared holiday for all schools, colleges and offices for today and three-day mourning till June 12 as a mark of respect to Karnad.