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Noted actor, director and writer Girish Karnad took his last breath today morning in Bengaluru. Karnad was 81 and according to the reports, he died because of the prolonged illness.


Here is the remembrance to the fragrance and memories of Girish Karnad in the world of cinema…

Girish Karnad rise as a playwright in 1960s marked the beginning of modern playwriting in the Kannada language. He composed plays for four decades on contemporary issues. These plays have been translated into many languages including English.


Apart from working in South Indian cinema, his work is predominant in Bollywood as well. His Hindi movies include Nishaant (1975), Manthan (1976), Swami (1977) and Pukar (2000). He also acted in several movies like Dor, 8*10 Tasveer, and Aashayein including some of the prominent role in movies like “Ek Tha Tiger” and “Tiger Zinda Hai”.


Recipient of the highest literary award, Jnanpith Award he has been conferred with awards like Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan by Government of India. He was also bestowed with 4 Filmfare awards, 3 for the best director and one for best screenplay award. His debut Kannada movie as an actor and for his screenplay, Sanskara also won ‘President Golden Lotus Award’.

Karnad also has some other notable works in his name. In television, he worked as an actor in TV series ‘Malgudi Days’ which was aired on Doordarshan. Apart from that he also provided his voice in APJ Abdul Kalam’s audiobook of his autobiography ‘Wings of fire’.

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Author- Neha Wadhwa

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