Karnataka Chief Minister announces three-day state mourning on demise of veteran actor Girish Karnad

File photo: Girish Karnad. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 10, 2019, 12.40 PM (IST)

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday announced a three-day state mourning on the death of veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad. A day of public holiday has also been declared. 

The Jananpith awardee breathed his last on Monday morning, leaving behind a huge repertoire of work in the world of cinema, theatre and literature. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, political leaders and eminent personalities from all across the nation paid tribute to the legendary actor. 

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"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," the prime minister tweeted. In pics: Life and times of writer-playwright Girish Karnad 

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"I met Girish Karnad way back when he was the principal of the film institute & then worked with him in Pukar. He was a great man & playwright. His stories will forever remain in our hearts & minds. Sending my prayers & heartfelt condolences to his family," posted senior Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor. 

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that Karnad's "views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country".

"Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country," his tweet read.

"His scripts both awe and inspire me," said actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan.

"Mr. Girish Karnad, His scripts both awe and inspire me. He has left behind many inspired fans who are writers. Their works perhaps will make his loss partly bearable," Hasaan tweeted. 

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The Jananpith awardee breathed his last on Monday morning, leaving behind a huge repertoire of work in the world of cinema, theatre and literature.