Bengaluru: Jnanpith awardee, writer-director-actor Girish Karnad died of multi-organ failure today (June 10) at 6.30 AM at his Lavelle Road residence in Bengaluru.

The Karnataka government has declared a holiday for all government offices, schools and colleges. The state has also announced a three-day mourning.

Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy has announced that a state funeral will be conducted as a mark of respect to the actor, theatre personality and prominent figure of Kannada film and literature field.

However, sources say that the family has said that they do not want a state funeral or any rituals to be performed for Girish Karnad. His body will be creamted at Baiyappanahalli Cremation centre this afternoon. People can pay their respeccts to the veteran actor's mortal remains at Kallalli crematoorium in Baiyappanahalli from 2 am to 3 pm, today. 

Chief minister Kumaraswamy has said that Karnad will be given all the honours provided to Jnanpith awardees from the state.

Karnad was suffering from a respiratory disorder. He was also seen with an oxygen cable in his latest movie Tiger Zinda Hai.

Karnad was a writer, director (movies and plays), actor, playwright, and theatre person.

The multi-talented actor who had made his name not only in south India, but also in Bollywood and has few path-breaking movies to his credit like Nishaant, Manthan, Swami, Pukar, Iqbal in Hindi and Samskara, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Nagamandala and others in Kannada.

He has directed plays including Tughlaq, Tippuvina Kanasugalu, Agni Matthu Male and others.