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…
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 theater personality, Karnad worked predominantly in South Indian cinema and in 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.

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