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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Girish Karnad

Noted playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad passed away at his residence in Bengaluru on June 10, 2019. 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. His plays, written in Kannada, have been translated into English and several Indian languages.  Karnad is survived by his wife Dr Saraswathy Ganapathy and two children. His son Raghu Karnad is an accomplished writer, having received the Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for Non-Fiction.


The River Has No Fear Of Memories: Podcast series celebrates Girish Karnad's life

June 15, 2022 9:58 am

Hosted by writer, translator Arshia Sattar and educator, film maker Anmol Tikoo, the podcast commemorates the life and works of the late writer through extensive conversations Girish Karnad had with Sattar before his death in June 2019.

How Girish Karnad's iconic plays have redefined Indian theatre

May 19, 2022 9:32 am

Remembering the thespian Girish Karnad's passion for playwriting and his significant contribution to the world of theatre on his 84th birth anniversary today.

Girish Karnad memoir in English to be out in May

February 01, 2021 10:17 am

The no-holds-barred account provides a glimpse into the life-shaping experiences of this towering figure on India's cultural scene, and a unique window into the India in which he lived and worked

Pune: Theatre festival to premiere Girish Karnad’s last play

February 15, 2020 5:10 am

“The play deals with the fall of the Vijayanagara empire in 1565 when the alliance of Deccan Sultanates defeated Vijayanagara, completely wiping out one of the greatest empires of South India. In his honour, the theatre festival will premiere with this historical play.”

A Royal Tale

January 04, 2020 11:34 pm

An experimental adaptation of Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq comments on contemporary realities of politics, religion, media and economics.

Bangalore Literature Festival to be held on Nov 9-10

November 01, 2019 5:34 pm

The two-day event will be held in Hotel Lalit Ashok in Kumara Krupa High Grounds from November 9-10.

Eight young theatre directors join forces to direct Girish Karnad's acclaimed play, Hayavadana

August 01, 2019 8:22 am

The play has been divided into eight parts of 10 minutes each. Each director has been allotted one segment and he or she has the freedom to interpret the play in their own way.

Theatre director Kirti Jain revisits a classic story about a Bengali middle-class housewife to comment on present-day patriarchy

June 28, 2019 9:01 am

Born in 1949, Kirti Jain grew up in a country that was undergoing sociocultural and political transformations, fuelled by new ideas and idealism.

Memorial meeting for Girish Karnad: ‘His works were a challenge for directors’

June 22, 2019 2:32 am

At the memorial, each one of the speakers chose to highlight Karnad’s works and their relevance today.

Memorial for Girish Karnad: ‘Never shied away from standing up and being counted where it mattered’

June 20, 2019 4:23 am

At Girish Karnad's memorial meeting in Matunga’s Yashwantrao Chavan Natya Mandir this evening, it was his role as an activist that everyone chose to highlight.


Girish Karnad death anniversary: Revisiting some of his celebrated works

June 10, 2021 4:44 pm

Girish Karnad passed away in 2019 at the age of 81. Here's revisiting some of his celebrated works

Girish Karnad funeral: Theatre personalities and politicians pay last respects

June 10, 2019 11:39 pm

Playwright, filmmaker and actor Girish Karnad passed away on Monday morning. His funeral was held in Bengaluru.