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.

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Bangalore Literature Festival to be held on Nov 9-10

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

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

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’

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’

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.

Let me count the ways

Girish Karnad’s phenomenal creativity was fuelled by the fact that he tapped into several different linguistic traditions, contexts and resonances.


Great mimic, lone voice: Artistes remember Girish Karnad

Bharat Karnad, national security expert and Girish's nephew, recalled growing up in a house not too far away from his uncle's house in Dharwad.

That was the man I loved: Raghu Karnad remembers father Girish Karnad

Raghu Karnad took to Instagram and wrote a moving post dedicated to his father and veteran late actor Girish Karnad, who had passed away on Thursday. Raghu said it was difficult to pen a tribute for Karnad, a multilingual multi-hyphenate personality.

National Film Archive of India to pay tribute to Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad, who left his indelible mark in the world of literature, theatre and cinema spanning five decades, died at the age of 81 at his residence in Bengaluru after prolonged illness.

‘A legendary actor and playwright, Girish Karnad shaped Indian theatre since 1960s’

The founder member of the Theatre Academy of Pune, Alekar said he knew Karnad personally since 1970s, when the latter was heading the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.

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Girish Karnad funeral: Theatre personalities and politicians pay last respects

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