Girish Karnad, man of several talents passed away earlier today in Bangalore. He was 81. Belonging to the navyamovement of Kannada literature, his works included plays Tughlaq, Hayavadana, Yayati, Taledanda, among others. As a film director, he made Ondanondu Kaladalli, which launched Shankar Nag; Kaadu; Kaanooru Heggadati (film adaptation of a novel by fellow Jnanpith winner Kuvempu); and Utsav (adaptation of the Sanskrit play Mrchhakatika). As prominent in the Indian high art scene as he was in the popular art scene, Karnad was a graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
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