by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10 2019 2

first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2019 2:25 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW DELHI — Girish Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor and director and a rights activist, died Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81.India’s president and the prime minister expressed their condolences over Karnad’s death at his home in Bangalore, the capital of southern Karnataka state. The family did not elaborate on his illness.A renowned theatre personality, Karnad worked predominantly in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. He was a Rhodes scholar in the 1960s and earned a master of arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics, the Press Trust of India news agency said.President Ram Nath Kovind said with Karnad’s demise India’s cultural world has become poorer.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums.Karnad received India’s top literary prize, the Jnanpith Award, and two national awards, the Padma Shri in 1974 and Padma Bhushan in 1992, for his body of work. His plays, written in the Kannada language, were translated into English and several Indian languages.Karnad made his acting as well as screenwriting debut in 1970 in the Kannada film “Samskara.” The movie won the Indian president’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.He was popular on television as well, especially for playing a role in “Malgudi Days.” He also hosted a science magazine, “Turning Point,” on state-run television in the early 1990s.He made his directorial debut with “Vamsha Vriksha,” a Kannada-language movie that won a National Film Award for best direction along with B.V. Karanth, who co-directed the film. Karnad directed other movies in the Kannada and Hindi languages.The Associated Press FILE- A Jan. 20, 2012 file photo of Indian actor and playwright Girish Karnad, attending the Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur, India. Karnad, a top Indian playwright, actor, director and a rights activist, died on Monday after a prolonged illness. He was 81. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup, File) Indian theatre and film personality Girish Karnad dies at 81last_img read more