Bengaluru: Noted litterateur, theatre personality and actor Girish Karnad passed away here on Monday morning. He was 81.
He was ailing for some time.
Karnad is survived by his wife Saraswati, son Raghu and daughter Radha.
Karnad was conferred with the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He was also the recipient of the Jnanpith Award, the country’s highest literary honour, in 1999 for his contributions to literature and theatre.
He had also gained popularity for his numerous roles in Hindi and Karnad movies. Salman Khan-starrer ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was his last Hindi movie.
Born in Maharashtra on May 19, 1938, Karnad completed his bachelor’s degree from Karnataka University in 1958 and masters from Oxford in 1963.