Actor-playwright Girish Karnad passed away at his residence in Bengaluru on Monday morning. He was 81.
Karnad first tasted success by writing plays in his native tongue Kannada, which he later went on to translate in English as well. Quite a few of those plays were later staged by some of the most renowned filmmakers. In fact, Karnad went on to receive the Jnanpith Award in 1998 for his contribution to the field of literature. Apart from the prestigious literary award, he was also honoured with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.
He also received the Sahitya Academy Award and numerous National Film Awards.
While he didn’t frequently dabble in cinema as an actor, Girish Karnad consistently wrote plays for nearly four decades. He often used mythology and history to comment on topical issues. Some of his most notable works include Tughalak 1964 and Taledanda.
Celebrities pay tribute to actor-playwright Girish Karnad.
Girish Karnad (1938-2019)
"It is Girish Karnad’s masterful hard-hitting dramas with a strong social core that we will remember him for. As well his off-screen persona, in which he, as a respected public figure, wore his education and erudition lightly," writes Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta.
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Owe him our careers: Satish Shah
Satish Shah tweeted, "#RIPGIRISHKARNAD the one responsible for choosing guys like Naseer Om Puri n likes of me in FTII acting course (1974)in the days of conventional chocolate faces. Owe him our careers."
'Good bye my creator'
Mantra tweeted, "Good bye my creator #GirishKarnad Brahmarakshas."
'His legacy will endure & enrich our collective intellectual'
Anbudan Gautami tweeted, "Deeply saddened at the passing of Shri Girish Karnad ji. His legacy will endure & enrich our collective intellectual & creative consciousness for generations to come. I was lucky to have worked with him in my Telugu film Chaitanya 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 RIP #GirishKarnad."
'Such a terrible day for our fraternity'
Shraddha Srinath wrote on her Twitter account, "RIP Girish Karnad. Such a terrible day for our fraternity."
Goodbye Sir: Mahesh Bhatt
Mahesh Bhatt wrote on his twitter account, "Audacity!! Dignity!! Grace !!! Those who become aware of how brief life is will live life in the most intense and courageous manner. Goodbye Sir !! 🙏."
His outstanding contribution will always be remembered: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin Siddiqui tweeted, "Deeply saddened to learn about Sri #GirishKarnad . His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered. we lost a cultural ambassador. May his soul rest in peace."
'Irreplaceable loss to our nation'
Renuka Shahane wrote on her Twitter account, "Girish Karnad sir 🙏🏽 Irreplaceable loss to our nation. ॐ शांति 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽."
Anupam Kher is deeply saddened
Deeply saddened to know about the sad demise of Sh. #GirishKarnad ji. He was a great artist, scholar and a brilliant playwright. My first small appearance in the film Utsav was under his direction. Also acted in both #Tuglaq and #Hayavadan - plays written by him. On Shanti.🙏 pic.twitter.com/NiByXxJiSe— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 10, 2019
'He was truly a versatile genius'
Gautam Rode tweeted, "Saddened to hear about the demise of #GirishKarnad... he was truly a versatile genius.. his contribution to our industry will be forever remembered. May his soul rest in peace."
'A loss to the arts'
Kunal Kohli tweeted, "#GirishKarnad rarely is there a talent that makes its impact in literature, theatre & cinema. He was one such talent. A loss to the arts. His contribution will be cherished & missed. #RIP."
A pictorial tribute to actor-playwright Girish Karnad
Girish Karnad, a polymath, was known for his playwriting in Kannada. Besides being an actor, he also helmed several films. For his work in diverse fields, he was awarded multiple honours throughout his professional life.
India has lost a beloved son, says Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "Playwright, actor, director but above all a great human being, in Girish Karnad’s passing India has lost a beloved son, whose memory will live on in the vast treasure trove of creative work he leaves behind. My condolences to his family & fans around the world.
You will always be remembered: Mohanlal
Mohanlal tweeted, "A big loss to the film fraternity , Girish Karnad, you will always be remembered."
Sonam Kapoor loved Girish Karnad's work
Sonam Kapoor tweeted, "Rest in peace. I loved his work. ☹️."
Had the pleasure of working with him in my first film ever: Pooja Hegde
Pooja Hegde wrote on her Twitter account, "My heart aches.What a wonderful man. Had the pleasure of working with him in my first film ever and for that I am grateful. What a loss 😞 #RIPGirishKarnad."
Girish Karnad’s demise a loss to the entire state: Karnataka Deputy CM
'Your extremely valuable contribution to theatre and cinema can never be dimmed'
Ronit Bose Roy tweeted, "#GirishKarnad Sir. R.I.P. Your extremely valuable contribution to theatre and cinema can never be dimmed. Our condolences to the family 🙏🏻."
He leaves behind a great legacy: Rizwan Arshad
Rizwan Arshad tweeted, "Very sad to hear about the demise of #GirishKarnad. Besides being a great actor, litterateur and playwright writer, he was a great activist who took up issues from time to time and stood firm against the hardliners. He leaves behind a great legacy & will be thoroughly missed."
'A true literary genius'
Aiyshwarya Mahadev tweeted, "Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of #GirishKarnad. A true literary genius who stood for what he believed in till the very end. 😔."
A simple man, a great artist: Nagma
Saddened to hear abt the passing away of iconic actor/film maker #GirishKarnad ji. Wht an fine actor .A simple man a great artist. His outstanding contribution to literature,theatre& films wl always b remembered. Was fortunate to work wth him in Kadalan a Tamil/Hindi blockbuster! pic.twitter.com/h1nbkjcXg5— Nagma (@nagma_morarji) June 10, 2019
Will always remember Girish Karnard's kindness and gentle advice: R Madhavan
R Madhavan tweeted, "RIP Girish Karnard ji. It was my honor to meet and work with you. I will always remember you kindness and gentle advice. You will be so missed."
Anil Kapoor recalls his meetings and work with Girish Karnad
Anil Kapoor wrote on his Twitter account, "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."
Farhan Akhtar shares condolences for Girish Karnad's family
Farhan Akhtar tweeted, "Girish Karnad. RIP. Condolences to his family."
'Had a wonderful time working with him on Iqbal'
"Deeply saddened by the news of #GirishKarnad sir passing away. Had a wonderful time working with him on Iqbal. Such a humble, wonderful person. Met him some years ago in his Bangalore residence and had long chat about theatre, movies and politics 🙏🏻 ❤," Shweta Basu Prasad wrote on her Twitter account.
Girish Karnad was one of the great Indian playwrights: Sudhir Mishra
Sudhir Mishra tweeted, "What the hell ! This was Girish Karnad . Along with Vijay Tendulkar , Badal Sarkar and Mohan Rakesh , he was one of the great Indian Playwrights . Just for his contribution to theatre he is immortal . Generations of theatre students have been formed because of his plays!" He added, "That’s the problem these days .People strut around with their two bit achievements .Some mimicry ridden plagiarisers strutting around claim there were no writers before they came along.Tht view suits marketeers n 1of the greats is forgotten .If u don’t know Karnad ,ow nothing !"
'May God render peace to the departed soul'
Arun Jaitley tweeted, "Condolences on the sad demise to veteran actor, director and playwright Shri Girish Karnad ji. May God render peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti."
Girish Karnad immortalised by his creativity, says Kabir Bedi
Kabir Bedi tweeted, "Deeply saddened by the passing of playwright Girish Karnad. My biggest break in theatre was playing the title role in his “Tughlaq”, directed by Alyque Padamsee, which led me into the film industry in 1970s. One of India’s great playwrights, immortalised by his creativity. RIP."
'A gem we lost today'
Divya Dutta wrote on her Twitter account, "RIP #GirishKarnad sir.. one actor whose inherent goodness reflected in his eyes. The thorough gentleman. Exceptional playwright.Swami ratnadeep manthan embedded in my childhood memories. A gem we lost today."
Prakash Raj on Girish Karnad
"THANK YOU GIRISH KARNAD JI for an ENRICHING..EMPOWERING..INSPIRING LIFE YOU LED ..RIP .. Every moment I lived with you is ALIVE . Will miss you ..but will cherish you for life ..," tweeted Prakash Raj.
'His demise has created a big void in the world of cinema and theatre'
"Saddened over the passing away of noted playwright, actor and director #GirishKarnad at the age of 81. My thoughts are with the members of his family in this hour of grief. His demise has created a big void in the world of cinema and theatre," tweeted journalist Rajat Sharma.
'Admired by all. A legend'
"He was all in one. His contribution to India cinema is history. He was theater and film. Legend. He was admired by all. May his soul rest in peace," tweeted PC Sreeram.
Former CM of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan pays tribute
"Saddened to learn about the passing away of veteran actor, director and playwright Shri #GirishKarnad. My thoughts are with the bereaved family," shared former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, on Twitter.
"Terribly sad!Love and prayers to @rkarnad and family. RIP #GirishKarnad," tweeted actor Shruti Seth.
PM Modi expresses grief on Karnad's death
Expressing grief over actor-playwright Girish Karnad's demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote 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."
Actor Siddharth on Girish Karnad
Actor Siddharth shared Karnad's photos from his younger days and tweeted, "Rest in peace great sir. #GirishKarnad."