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Girish Raghunath Karnad was a noted actor, dramatist, and scholar. He was associated with South Indian cinema and Bollywood. A Jnanpith awardee Girish has to his credit some classic plays and cinema. A critically acclaimed actor and filmmaker, he never failed to impress the discerning audience.
Girish Karnad was born in Matheran, in present-day Maharashtra, in 1938. He did Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad (Karnataka University), in 1958. He was also a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, in the 1960s that earned him his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics. He was elected the President of the Oxford Union in 1962–63.
Karnad made his acting as well as screenwriting debut with a 1970 Kannada movie Samskara. Based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy, this movie was directed by Pattabhirama Reddy and won the first President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema. Coming to fame as Kannada playwright in the 1960s, "Nagmandala", "Yayati" and "Tughlaq", were some of the most successfully performed plays, to his credit.
A multifaceted personality, he worked in many Bollywood and South Indian movies. He was associated with parallel and main stream cinema of Bollywood. His Hindi movies include Nishaant (1975), Manthan (1976), Swami (1977), Pukar (2000), Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), 8 x 10 Tasveer (2009) and Aashayein (2010). He played a key role in movies "Ek Tha Tiger"(2012) and its sequel "Tiger Zinda Hai"(2017) produced by Yash Raj Films. Some of his popular Kannada movies include Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Cheluvi, Kaadu and Kanooru Heggaditi. Karnad was also associated with television industries. He worked in popular serial "Malgudi Days". He also hosted the science magazine "Turning Point" on Doordarshan in the early 1990s.
Awards and honours
Spouse: Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy
Son: Raghu Karnad
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