'Jnanpith' award-winning playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad passed away at his residence early Monday morning, aged 81. Veteran musician Lata Mangeshkar took to Twitter and mourned the actor's sad demise. " Guni abhineta,nirdeshak, lekhak Girish Karnad ji ke swargwas ki dukhad vaarta aaj subha suni.Main unke nidhan par shok vyakt karti hun.Ishwar unki aatma ko shanti pradan kare", she wrote.
Apart from her, various other celebrities in the likes of Sonam Kapoor, Kamal Haasan and others have also mourned the actor's sad demise and offered their condolences
Karnad was a prominent playwright for four decades, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. His plays have been translated into English and several Indian languages and directed by directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, BV Karanth, Alyque Padamsee, Prasanna, Arvind Gaur, Satyadev Dubey, Vijaya Mehta, Shyamanand Jalan, Amal Allana and Zafer Mohiuddin.He was conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and has won four Filmfare Awards, of which three are Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada and the fourth a Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.
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