Girish Karnad a veteran artist. He won Jnanpith Award in 1988, honoured with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan, four National Film Awards and a Sahitya Akademi - including three for best director for Vamsha Vriksha in 1972, Kaadu in 1974 and Ondanondu Kaladalli in 1978 and one for best screenplay for Gadhuli in 1980 along with another noted Kannada film director B.V. Karanth. Karnad was a reputed scholar who raised his voice on socio-political issues. He acted in Kannada, Hindi and Marathi films. Karnad acted in television serials. He is best remembered in R.K. Narayan’s famous 'Malgudi Days' as Swamis father.
Karnad served as director of the state-run Film and Television Institute of India (1974-1975) at Pune. He was a Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi and National Academy of the Performing Arts (1988-93).
The multi-faceted author and playwright hosted a weekly science programme on Doordarshan- Turning Point. Featuring scientist Yash Pal, the award-winning show explained complex, modern scientific discoveries in simple language.
Girish Karnad is survived by his wife Saraswathy Ganapathy,
Son Raghu Amay,
Daughter Shalmali Radha.