Actors, politicians condole Girish Karnad’s death: ‘A flame has been extinguished that lit up so many minds’
Expressing grief at the death of actor and playwright Girish Karnad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, MP Shashi Tharoor, actor Kamal Haasan and more shared messages on Twitter.Updated: Jun 10, 2019 12:53 IST
Noted playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad, a progressive voice that championed the freedom of expression, died at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday, official sources said. He was 81 and died due to age-related illness.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor and politician Kamal Hassan, Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor and more paid tributes to Karnad on Twitter. “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,” the Prime Minister tweeted.
“Mr.Girish Karnad, his scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable,” Kamal Hassan wrote in his tweet. His daughter and actor Shruti Haasan wrote, “May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed.”
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar wrote, “Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnad ji. He will be remembered for his work as a Theater personality, film actor, and director. My deepest condolences to his family, friends & fans. #OmShanti.” Author Amitav Ghosh wrote, “Saddened to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad - a great writer and a very important public voice. Thoughts are with @rkarnad and his family.”
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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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 10, 2019
I met Girish Karnad way back when he was the principal of the film institute & then worked with him in Pukar. He was a great man & playwright. His stories will forever remain in our hearts & minds. Sending my prayers & heartfelt condolences to his family. https://t.co/X7W6hF4A5t— Anil Kapoor (@AnilKapoor) June 10, 2019
Rest in peace. I loved his work. ☹️ https://t.co/rNNuQg2tMn— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) June 10, 2019
I am extremely sorry to hear about the sad demise of Shri Girish Karnad. The passing away of such a talented artist is a huge loss to the art world.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 10, 2019
श्री गिरीश कर्नाड के निधन का समाचार सुन कर बहुत दुःख हुआ. उन जैसे प्रतिभावान कलाकार के जाने से कला जगत को अपूरणीय क्षति हुई है.
Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnad ji. He will be remembered for his work as a Theater personality, film actor, and director. My deepest condolences to his family, friends & fans. #OmShanti 🙏— Madhur Bhandarkar (@imbhandarkar) June 10, 2019
Mr.Girish Karnad, His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) June 10, 2019
May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed :(— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) June 10, 2019
This is a devastating loss. Just a few months ago he sent me the draft of his brilliant new historical play. He was at the peak of his creative talent. Profound condolences to his devoted wife Saras & brilliant son @rkarnad. A flame has been extinguished that lit up so many minds https://t.co/Z8dqtdSx4U— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 10, 2019
ಹಿರಿಯ ಸಾಹಿತಿ,ಚಿಂತಕ, ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿ ಪುರಸ್ಕೃತ ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಕಾರ್ನಾಡ್ ಅವರ ನಿಧನದಿಂದ ನಾಡಿನ ಬಹುಮುಖ್ಯ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿಪ್ರಜ್ಞೆಯ ದನಿ ಮೌನವಾದಂತಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ದುರಿತದ ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ನಮ್ಮೊಡನೆ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಕಾಲ ಇರಬೇಕಿತ್ತು. ಅವರ ಸಾವಿನ ಶೋಕದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾನು ಭಾಗಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದೇನೆ.#GirishKarnad pic.twitter.com/VWTWZO12xa— Siddaramaiah (@siddaramaiah) June 10, 2019
Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 10, 2019
A multifaceted personality, Karnad has acted in several plays and movies that have received critical acclaim. Karnad, a recipient of Jnanpith Award, was also conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He was also a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, in the 1960s that earned him his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics. His plays, written in Kannada, have been translated into English and several Indian languages. He made his acting debut and screenwriting debut in iconic Kannada movie, Samskara (1970), based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy. It was directed by Pattabhirama Reddy and the film won the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.
Though he started off his career in cinema as an actor, he is best known as a writer and thinker. Karnad has acclaimed plays such as Nagmandala, Yayati and Tughlaq to his credit. He also worked in Hindi cinema’s parallel film movement in movies such as Swami, and Nishant.
His TV credits include Malgudi Days in which he played Swami’s father and a hosting stint in the science magazine Turning Point on Doordarshan in the early 1990s.
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