Girish Karnad: A simple man


But he made sure to tell his family to avoid all that. Girish Karnad demonstrated his ability to scale great heights in the world of literature from a very young age. In 2017, however, it changed. Girish Karnad’s primary love was literature. “After I finished writing the script, I gave it to Girish Karnad for his comments. Advertising

“People would have given Girish Karnad a grand send-off like UR Ananthamurthy and Ambareesh. Karnad never endorsed or criticized political leaders in public. This was Girish Karnad,” Agni Shridhar, writer and journalist, said. Karnad had also played a key role in the film, which had actor Chethan Kumar in the lead role. He supported decriminalization of section 377. Advertising

“He was a bridge between western and Indian culture. He would never sit on a fence on any issue. He believed that writers should have a very keen sense of political consciousness and should have some kind of social commitment. “Right from his school days, he was known to be a very talented student. He was against communalism, fundamentalism and superstition. Popular Photos

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“As a playwright, he has a significant place in Kannada literature. He portrayed it through his plays. “He never used to take part in protests. As a writer, he brought international fame with his work in Kannada literature,” he noted. “He was very choosy about doing films.”
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The endearing element of Girish Karnad’s plays was his use of modern-day Kannada, which distinguished him from his peers such as Lankesh, Devanur Mahadeva and Ananthamurthy. He was a man of integrity. His family did not even allow people to see his mortal remains at his residence today morning as they wanted to prevent a gathering of any sort. He fought until his last moment. And you should identify yourself in it. “I remember that occasion. I will remember him for that,” Chethan said. He told me that the script needed no correction,” he recalled. His plays like Tughlaq, Taledanda and Hayavadana were translated in many languages of the world. He was a Rhode scholar. He expressed his political and social opinions through his work, while refraining from public demonstrations. People who have known him point out that he never desired to pursue a lucrative career as a screen actor. “When Vinod Khanna left acting, film pundits predicted that Girish Karnad would replace him in the Hindi film industry. That is the measure of a great writer,” he said while describing the work of Girish Karnad. He lived up to that image,” said Champa, who describes himself as a distant friend of Girish Karnad. He had the looks, charismatic voice, fluency in multiple languages and everything else that is required to make it big in cash-rich Bollywood. He lived a very simple life,” Agni Shridhar said. He stood against divisive and hate forces. His interest in acting played second fiddle to his devotion to literature. But, always lend his support morally and ideologically to progressive movements,” Champa said. Poet and playwright Chandrashekar Patil, popularly known as Champa, was a junior to Karnad at Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad. “When you read a play, you should forget about the writer and get involved in it fully. But he never desired money and stardom. It was around the time of the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh. He came out openly and called himself ‘an urban Naxal’,” Champa added. He stood for his ideologies. If he wanted, he could have made a lot of wealth. 0
Comment(s) “He saw language as just a tool to express himself,” Agni Shridhar noted. Shridhar had the opportunity to closely work with Girish Karnad during the scripting of Aa Dinagalu (2007), a gangster drama that centered on Bengaluru’s underworld in the 1980s. Girish Karnad participated in the ‘Not in my name’ protest that was held at the Town Hall in Bengaluru in the light of series of mob lynching against innocent Muslims in north India.