Karnataka declares holiday to mark respect for Girish Karnad

The Karnataka government today declared a holiday in light of veteran actor and film maker Girish Karnad’s passing and announced state mourning for a period of three days. Tributes poured in for Karnad from across the world. Politicians, writers and other noted personalities put out messages on social media paying tribute to the playwright, with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sharing condolences.

“Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poorer today. My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work #PresidentKovind,” the President’s official account tweeted.

 PM Modi wrote, “Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.”

In Karnad’s death, we lost a cultural ambassador, wrote Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in his condolence message. “His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered,” he added.

 Karnad had categorically stated that he did not want state honours at the funeral, as is the norm in the case of stalwarts who have brought honour to the nation. A report states that “Honouring playwright #GirishKarnad’s wish, his family will have no last rites or state honours for him.”

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