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The final curtain call of the best: Girish Karnad

The final curtain call of the best: Girish Karnad

June 10th, 2019

The tradition of writing plays and using it as a mode entertainment dates back to ancient history. The rich cultural heritage of the past has been borne with great pride and fervour by our modern playwrights as well and one of the leading figures of this generation happens to be Girish Karnad.


The final curtain call of the best: Girish Karnad


A noted playwright and actor, Karnad, breathed his last on the 10th of June, 2019, leaving behind a legacy that is truly worth remembering.

The final curtain call of the best: Girish Karnad

Let us take a look into some of the unknown scenes of Karnad’s life, which was no less than a multi-act play:

  • Having been born on the 19th of May, 1938, Karnad grew up in a time which was at the peak of the Indian freedom struggle and hence the reflections of the society that he was familiar with are seen in his plays.
  • It was in 1961 that he penned his first ever play, Yayati, which is critically acclaimed till date.
  • He passed out from the Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
  • Karnad has been the recipient of many national honours – the Jnanpith Award, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.
  • 9 years later in 1970, Karnad marked his way into films with his screenwriting and acting debut in the Kannada film, Samskara.
  • Nagamandala and Tughlaq are some of his most widely read plays apart from Yayati, which are often a part of the curriculum in various universities.
  • Do you remember Swami’s father in Malgudi Days? Well that was none other than Girish Karnad himself!
  • He has acted in quite a few mainstream Bollywood movies as well like Nagesh Kukunoor’s Iqbal, Tiger Zinda Hai and the more recent Shivaay.
The final curtain call of the best: Girish Karnad

Karnad led a life coloured by the colours of theatre and films. Here’s a standing ovation to one of the greatest playwrights of all times as he takes his final bow.