End of an era! Veteran playwright and actor ‘Girish Karnad’ passes away at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness in Bengaluru.
Girish Karnad has been one of the most popular film and theater personalities in the past 5-6 decades. Even though he was away from the limelight for a really long time, his towering persona is something that people always talk about. Sadly, the legend is no more. He passed away at the humble age of 81 yesterday morning (10th June 2019).
It was 6:30 am when Girish Karnad breathed his last at a Bengaluru hospital. The reason for death is being said to be multiple organ failure. The news has saddened the whole nation with such a precious gem leaving the world of mortals for his heavenly abode.
Talking of his accomplishments, Girish Karnad was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. It was here only that he had written his first play – the critically-acclaimed ‘Yayati’ in 1961. Acclaimed plays like ‘Tughlaq’ (1964), ‘Hayavadana’ (1972) were also written by the maestro. He was very active in the world of cinema as well. He made his acting and screenwriting debut in a Kannada movie ‘Samskara’ in 1970.
Girish Karnad was born in Mumbai, (erstwhile Bombay Presidency) on May 19, 1938. He was a prominent part of Salman Khan‘s ‘Tiger’ franchise. He was last seen in ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’, and his character was loved by all.
From Bollywood, many took to social media to express their gratitude towards the legendary performer. Here are some of their tweets and posts:
— ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) June 10, 2019
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
Rest in peace. I loved his work. ☹️ https://t.co/rNNuQg2tMn
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) 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
— Shreyas Talpade (@shreyastalpade1) June 10, 2019
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
— Gulshan Devaiah (@gulshandevaiah) June 10, 2019
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
ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನು….ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರನ್ನು…ಕರ್ನಾಟಕವನ್ನು.. ಶ್ರೀಮಂತಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತಾ ಬಾಳಿ ಬದುಕಿದ ಅದಮ್ಯ ಚೇತನ ಕಾರ್ನಾಡರಿಗೆ ನಮನ 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 .. pic.twitter.com/KgFyL2Ehu5
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) June 10, 2019
Deeply saddened to learn about #Girish Karnad. Havent yet been able to speak with his family. Its been a friendship of 43 years and I need the privacy to mourn him. I request the media to kindly excuse me from giving quotes. pic.twitter.com/XMTxTmHXIw
— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) 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
He was a national treasure with many popular films and shows featuring him. His death is surely the saddest thing we have woken up to this morning. DesiTube TV mourns his death.