'Jnanpith' award-winning playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad passed away at his residence early Monday morning, aged 81. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and paid tribute to the veteran actor, saying that he will always be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums.
PM Modi further added that Karnad's work will continue being popular in the years to come and that he is extremely saddened by his demise.
President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter and offered his condolences over the veteran actor's sad demise. "Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poorer today. My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work #PresidentKovind", he wrote.
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.