Girish Karnad Biography – Girish Karnad Wiki
Girish Karnad born Girish Raghunath Karnad, was an Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer, playwright, and a Rhodes Scholar.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad (Karnataka University), in 1958. After graduation, he went to England and studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Magdalen in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (1960–63), earning his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science, and economics.
Karnad received numerous awards and recognition, beginning with the Padma Shri in 1974, Padma Bhushan in 1992, the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1994 and the Jnanpith Award in 1998.
Girish Karnad Age
He was born on 19 May 1938 in Matheran, Bombay Presidency, British India (now in Maharashtra, India) as Girish Raghunath Karnad. He died on 10 June 2019 in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India at the age of 81.
Girish Karnad Wife
Karnad was married to his wife Saraswathi Ganapathy and they had two children. He met his future wife Saraswathi Ganapathy at a party while working in Madras for Oxford University Press on his return from England. Saraswathi was born to a Parsi mother, Nargis Mugaseth, and a Kodava father, Kodandera Ganapathy.
Girish Karnad Children
Karnad and his wife Saraswathi had two children.
Girish Karnad Family
His mother Krishnabai née Mankikar was a young widow with a son, and while training to be a nurse, met Dr. Raghunath Karnad who was a doctor in the Bombay Medical Services. For five years they could not get married because of the prevailing prejudice against widow remarriage. Finally, their marriage was sanctified under the dispensation of the Arya Samaj. Girish was the third of the four children born thereafter.
Girish Karnad Death
Karnad died on 10 June 2019 in Bengaluru after suffering from a long illness, his family confirmed. He was 81.
President Ram Nath Kovind’s official account tweeted, “Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poorer today. My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work #PresidentKovind.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.”
Girish Karnad Cause of Death
Girish Karnad’s cause of death was multiple organ dysfunction syndrome.
Girish Karnad Illness – Girish Karnad Health
After suffering from poor health, he was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru, India, and ultimately died on 10 June 2019.
Girish Karnad Nationality
He was of Indian nationality.