Girish Karnad, Jnanpith winner and noted theatre personality, actor and playwright passed away at his Bengaluru home today at the age of 81 following age-related complications.
He died at a hospital in Bangalore, where he resided with his family.
A Rhodes Scholar, Karnad made his cinematic debut in 1970 and over his time, has acted in 100 films.
He is best-known for his incisive plays which are widely seen as a commentary on contemporary India.
Karnataka has declared a holiday for schools, colleges and government offices in the state on Monday and three-day mourning till Wednesday, as a mark of respect to the veteran.
Meanwhile, respects have been pouring in from politicians and celebrities on Twitter:
“Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums.
He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him.
His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace,” Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi tweeted.
Superstar Kamal Hassan also conveys:
“Girish Karnad, His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable.”
Karnad also appeared in a few well-known Hindi films including Hey Ram, Ek Tha Tiger, Shivaay and Tiger Zinda Hai.
His contribution towards the arts has been outstanding will be dearly missed. May his soul rest in peace.