Veteran actor and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad dies at 81

Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer, Girish Raghunath Karnad no more due to multiple organ failure. He was 81. He predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood.

Karnad was married to Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy and was a father to two children. He lived in Bangalore.

Karnad made his acting as well as screenwriting debut in a Kannada movies. In the popular television series Malgudi Days, he played the role of Swami's father. His Hindi movies include Nishaant (1975), Manthan (1976), Swami (1977) and Pukar (2000). He has also acted in a number of films such as Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), 8 x 10 Tasveer (2009) and Aashayein (2010). His recent role was in "Ek Tha Tiger"(2012) and its sequel "Tiger Zinda Hai"(2017) featuring Salman Khan.

Among several accolades, he is a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was also conferred Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India.

Eminent personalities mourn his death by sharing posts on social media.


Litterateur par-excellence, actor, director, playwright and activist- the passing away of Girish Karnad shall leave an irreplaceable void in the Indian creative arena.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans.

May his soul rest in peace.


Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri .

His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered.

In his death, we lost a cultural ambassador. May his soul rest in peace.


Very sad news. Girish Karnad has passed away. Deepest condolences to @RKarnad and his family.


Breaking now: one of the creative geniuses of our times, Girish Karnad has just passed away at the age of 81.. my respects to a legend.. RIP



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