Jnanpith award winner, multi-lingual film actor and noted theatre personality Girish Karnad passed away here on Monday, an official said. He was 81.

Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, a staff from the Cubbon Park Police station, under whose jurisdiction the legendary writer lived, confirmed the sad demise to News18.

Multi-lingual actor, Jnanpith winner Girish Karnad dead
Veteran Film And Theatre Actor Girish Karnad Passes Away At 81

“Karnad died at home at around 8:30 a.m. due to age-related symptoms,” an official in the Karnataka Chief Minister’s office told IANS.

His Hindi movies include Nishaant, Manthan, Swami and Pukar. He had acted in a number of Nagesh Kukunoor films, starting with Iqbal, in which Karnad played the role of a ruthless cricket coach. This was followed by Dor8 x 10 Tasveer and Aashayein. In 2012, he played the role of a RAW chairman, Shenoy, in Salman Khan-starrer Ek Tha Tiger. He reprised his role of Shenoy in Tiger Zinda Hai.

He is survived by his wife Saraswathi and son Raghu Karnad.

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