Girish Karnad

Girish Karnad (81), well-known writer, playwright, actor and public intellectual, passed away recently due to multiple-organ failure.

He was also receipient of Jnanpith and Padma awardes.

Born in May 1938, he was one of the most prominent theatre personalities of the 60s and 70s, a period regarded as the Renaissance of Indian theatre. He worked with mythology and history and gave them a contemporary resonance in plays.

He was also a film director and actor. A highly regarded public intellectual, he often became the target of the Hindutva right, most notably for his views on Mysuru king Tipu Sultan, on whom he has authored a play.