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What are some facts about Girish Karnad that everyone should know?


Girish Karnad was a well known Indian actor, film director, playwright, and author. Born on May 19, 1938 in Bombay Presidency, Girish Karnad’s major works are written in Kannada.

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Karnad had been the student of philosophy, politics, and economics as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. His major works include his first play Yayati (1961), Tughlaq (1964), movie adaptation Samskara (1970) where he debuted as actor as well as film maker, Vamsha Vriksha (1971), and Hayavadana (1971).

Most of his plays are critically acclaimed and for them, he received a Padma Shri in 1974.

Other awards that were bestowed upon him include Padma Bhushan (1992), Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1972), Kannada Sahitya Akademi Award (1994), Sahitya Akademi Award (1994), Gyanpeeth Award and Kalidas Samman (1998).

He also won the National Award for his 1978 film Bhumika.

There is no denying that he was much into Indian literature and attempted to spread it as much as possible by bringing them on celluloid through adaptations. Another major adaptation by Girish Karnad apart from Samskara was Utsav, the adaptation of Sudraka’s Mrichchakatika.

Karnad’s role as an actor is also noticeable in movies Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai, where he played the role of Dr. Shinoy. It was his last movie as an actor. He had also worked in Nishant, Shivaay, and Chalk and Duster.