The prolific writer's plays have been translated into many languages. Since then, he wrote many plays that won him national and worldwide appreciation.
Girish Karnad also had a stint in television with RK Narayan's Malgudi Days (1986-87). His most famous include Yayati in 1961, Hayavadana in 1972 and Nagamandala in 1988. He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema and his contribution towards South Indian films. Moreover, in the year 1998, he was bestowed with Jnanpith Award which is the highest literary honour conferred in India.
He was also active in the world of cinema; he made his acting and screenwriting debut in a Kannada movie "Samskara" in 1970. He was a prominent filmmaker and playwright too. He later followed it up with films such as "Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane", "Ondanondu Kaladalli", "Cheluvi", "Kaadu" and "Kanooru Heggaditi". Based on a novel written by SL Bhyrappa, this film won him the National film award and was co-directed by BV Karanth. His works will continue being popular in the years to come.
Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru at 6.30 am, according to his family. When he sent a copy to O'Casey seeking an autograph, he received a curt reply asking Karnad not to waste his time.
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Born in Maharashtra on 19 May 1938, Karnad was a multi-faceted personality.
He completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad, in 1958. At Oxford, Karnad studied philosophy, politics, and economics. The veteran artist is survived by his son Raghu, a writer and journalist.
In a career spanning six decades, Karnad acted predominantly in Kannada and Hindi films.