Entertainment Desk: Veteran Indian playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad died of multiple organ failure in Bengaluru early Monday at the age of 81.
Karnad, who will be remembered for his roles in Shyam Benegal’s Hindi films “Nishant” (1975) and “Manthan” (1976), was an accomplished academician and playwright as an actor both on the stage and on the big screen.
Recipient of India’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan in 1992, Karnad was born on May 19, 1938, in Maharashtra and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford where he wrote his first play critically-acclaimed "Yayati" in 1961.
Among his other acclaimed plays are "Tughlaq" (1964), "Hayavadana" (1972). He made his acting and screenwriting debut with a classic Kannada language film "Samskara" in 1970.
An eminent stage personality in 1960s and 1970s, considered the golden period of Indian theatre, Karnad often used history and mythology to deal with burning contemporary issues in his plays which have been translated into English and several Indian languages and reproduced on the stage by eminent directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B V Karanth, Alyque Padamsee, Satyadev Dubey, Vijaya Mehta, Shyamanand Jalan, Amal Allana and Zafer Mohiuddin.
Karnad won four Filmfare Awards, of which three for Best Director in Kannada language and the fourth a Filmfare Best Screenplay Award.
risingbd/June 10, 2019/Mukul