‘Lost a Cultural Ambassador’: PM Modi, Leaders Mourn Girish Karnad

Noted actor, dramatist and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad passed away in Bengaluru on Monday morning, 10 June, at the age of 81. He was battling a prolonged illness.

Karnad rose as a Kannada playwright in the 1960s and went on to become a critically acclaimed actor and filmmaker. His noted plays in Kannada have been translated into many languages.

A Jnanpith awardee, Karnad was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan honours in 1974 and 1992 respectively.

As the actor breathed his last, political leaders – from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy, former CM BS Yeddyurappa, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and Arvind Kejriwal – took to Twitter to express condolences.

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