Veteran actor Girish Karnad passes away in Bengaluru

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan wrote, "His scripts both awe and inspire me". He protested against the beef ban, spoke for writers and artists who felt prosecuted and strongly believed in an India where everyone had an equal right to express themselves. "Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable".

Rich tributes came in from top political leaders, theatre veterans and film celebrities across the nation on Monday as Karnad breathed his last in Bengaluru.

Girish Karnad, a Jnanpith victor, multi-lingual scholar, master playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and an iconic personality in India's cultural landscape, died here on Monday.

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During this period Karnad continued to produce work as a playwright, including "Hayavadana" (1971), widely acclaimed as among the most important plays of post-independent India. She wrote on Twitter, "May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir".

Guha tweeted his condolences along with an article he had written on Karnad that had appeared in The Telegraph on May 12 past year.

However, Girish Karnad always wanted to be a writer and scripted Yayati before he left to England. "We lost our inspiration".

Girish is considered one of the most prominent playwrights in Kannada literature.

"Playwright, actor, institution-builder and patriot, Girish Karnad was a colossus". #GirishKarnad is a very sad news. He conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

Ali who is riding high on the success of his latest film Bharat, in an interview with Firstpost said that he was planning to cast Girish in Tiger 3. As an actor, he worked in numerous of films, cutting across all the language barriers. "One who stood his ground to uphold the values of Secularism, Democracy, Socialism, Constitution etc". Karnad's body was taken to the Kalapalli electric crematorium in Bengaluru's eastern suburbs with his friends and family following him in a convoy without any police protection.

Not just literary works, the multifaceted personality got himself involved in films. But in a career spanning six decades, he also featured in a stream of commercial potboilers like "Ek Tha Tiger" and "Tiger Zinda Hai" in recent times.

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