In the early hours of Monday (June 10), veteran playwright-actor Girish Karnad passed away at his residence on Lavelle Road, Bengaluru.
Bengaluru: The 81-year-old Jnanpith awardee, actor and writer Girish Karnad on Monday (June 10) passed away at his residence in the city due to multiple organ failure.
Several political leaders posted their condolence messages on Twitter and praised Karnad for his contribution to the country.
Taking to Twitter, former prime minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda conveyed his grief.
ಕನ್ನಡಕ್ಕೆ 7 ನೇ ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ತಂದುಕೊಟ್ಟ ಹಿರಿಯ ಸಾಹಿತಿ ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಕಾರ್ನಾಡ್ ಅವರು ವಿಧಿವಶರಾದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಕೇಳಿ ತೀವ್ರ ದುಃಖವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅವರ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿ ವರ್ಗ ಹಾಗೂ ಬಂಧುಗಳಿಗೆ ಈ ದುಃಖವನ್ನು ಭರಿಸುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಭಗವಂತ ನೀಡಲಿ ಎಂದು ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಸುತ್ತೇನೆ.— H D Devegowda (@H_D_Devegowda) June 10, 2019
Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy also posted a tweet which said, "Deeply saddened to hear the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/filmmaker, Sri GirishKarnad. His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered."
His tweet also stated that Karnataka had “lost its cultural ambassador.”
Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri #GirishKarnad .— H D Kumaraswamy (@hd_kumaraswamy) June 10, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/s5bfbh0VgE
State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa, BJP leaders and several other political leaders from the state also posted condolatory messages.
ಜ್ಞಾನಪೀಠ ಪುರಸ್ಕೃತ,ಹಿರಿಯ ರಂಗಭೂಮಿ ಕಲಾವಿದ ಸಾಹಿತಿ ಡಾ.ಗಿರೀಶ್ ಕಾರ್ನಾಡ್ ನಿಧನ ರಾದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ತಿಳಿಯಿತು . ಸಾರಸ್ವತ ಲೋಕಕ್ಕೆ ಅವರ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಅಪಾರ .ಅಗಲಿದ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ದೊರೆಯಲೆಂದು ಭಗವಂತನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾರ್ಥಿಸೋಣ . pic.twitter.com/C9an457xv2— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) June 10, 2019
Karnad breathed his last at his residence on Lavelle Road in Bengaluru at 6.30am.
He was suffering from a respiratory disorder and was recently seen attending functions with an oxygen mask for support.
Last Updated 12:05 PM IST