K’taka govt announces 3-day state mourning over Girish Karnad’s demise
The Karnataka government on Monday announced three-day state mourning and one-day public holiday over the demise of Veteran playwright, actor and film-maker Girish Karnad.
“Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri # GirishKarnad. 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,” Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy tweeted.
After a prolonged illness, 81-year-old Karnad breathed his last earlier today in Bengaluru.
Karnad, who was known for his work in the field of literature and cinema, also became a renowned face in the country after essaying the role of Swami’s father in Malgudi Days TV series. He was conferred with Padma Shri in 1974 and Padma Bhushan in 1992.
For his outstanding contribution towards literature, Bharatiya Jnanpith also awarded him with Jnanpith, the highest Indian literary award in 1998, four years after winning the Sahitya Academy award in 1994.(ANI)