Karnataka has declared a holiday for schools, colleges and government offices in the state on Monday and a three-day mourning till Wednesday, as a mark of respect to Jnanpith awardee, multi-lingual actor and noted writer Girish Karnad who passed away on Monday.
The actor died at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness in Bengaluru. A multifaceted personality, Karnad has acted in several plays and movies that have received critical acclamation. Karnad, a recipient of the Jnanpith award, was also conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He was also a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, in the 1960s that earned him his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics. His plays, written in Kannada, have been translated into English and several Indian languages.
Condoling Kumar's death, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said that he has lost a great friend.
"Our families had a friendship beyond politics. He always valued and gave priority to friendship. I have lost a great friend in his death. Karnad will receive the same honours by the government that other Jnanpith award winners have received. During state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast atop all government buildings and there will be no official entertainment programmes," he said in a statement.
The Chief Minister also conveyed his condolence on Twitter;
The Chief Minister Kumaraswamy will directly arrive at he National College Ground from Mysuru on Monday and will pay his last respects to the celebrated actor, the Chief Minister's Office said. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday also condoled the demise
Here are the tweets: