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Old 10th June 2019, 12:05   #1
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Veteran film actor and theater personality Girish Karnad passed away at the age of 81 in Bengaluru today. Admired him as an artist and literary figure though some of his ideas off late were debatable. He was an idol to us during our schooling days in Dharwad.

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Born on May 19, 1938, in Mumbai (then Bombay Presidency), he was known for a critically-acclaimed body of work that included plays like "Yayati", "Hayavadana" and "Tughlaq", all of which were written in Kannada and then translated to English, Girish Karnad's plays often drew from historical and mythological sources to address issues in contemporary society.

He was also active in the world of cinema; he made his acting and screenwriting debut in a Kannada movie "Samskara" in 1970.

His most memorable role - that of Swami's father - was undoubtedly in "Malgudi Days", a television adaptation of RK Narayan's timeless and enchanting collection of short stories about the sleepy (and fictional) town of Malgudi in South India.
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R.I.P. Huge loss for Theatre and literature arena. He has played legendary roles.
Who can forget Santha Shishunala Sharifa role he played "govindbhatta", VamsaVruksha "Raju" etc. Influenced us during our school/college days during plays in Ravindra Kalakshetra/Rangashankara, BLR.
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Shishunala Sharif role was played by actor Sridhar, not Karnad. He was a linguist and his contribution to Kannada theater and literature is invaluable. Shankar Nag was his best find for KFI.
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Certainly a decent actor and playwright. Needlessly however, he made disparaging remarks on certain issues and against politicians and earned the ire of a large number of people.
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Turning point used to be an awaited watch way back when.
And he was one of the voices of sanity lately.
Sorely missed.
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Great author.. his works Taledanda and Tughlak are so very relevant in today's world. A voice of sanity in today's bipolar world. His works and "samskara" will endure the test of time...

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Turning point used to be an awaited watch way back when.
And he was one of the voices of sanity lately.
Sorely missed.
I knew him more for being the advocate of the "scientific temper" via Turning Point (hosted along with Prof. Yash Pal) than his contribution to the arts.
But I have also seen his performance in some movies and TV serials - impeccable!
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Certainly a decent actor and playwright. Needlessly however, he made disparaging remarks on certain issues and against politicians and earned the ire of a large number of people.
The beauty of humankind is that each person is different. Every person thinks and acts differently, and that is why we should accept difference in opinions. At least nobody died because of his opinions.

RIP - another brave man down.
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The beauty of humankind is that each person is different. Every person thinks and acts differently, and that is why we should accept difference in opinions. At least nobody died .
He belonged to that set of people who relentlessly ridiculed their own traditions, scriptures and epics; and such was possible because of the simple and harmless nature of the people whom he needled in his plays and writings.
He also steered clear of such ultra rational thoughts while dealing with people who are generally less tolerant and are prone to reacting violently. Very similar to a Karunanidhi and Kamal Haasan.
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One the world's comedic genius 'Crazy' Mohan has has left us a couple of days ago.

A man equally versatile at stage plays & in movies, he is a true genius. The simplicity of the man and his adherence to core, if seemingly uncool, values, make him a hero. He can barely talk for 10 seconds without cracking a good joke!

You will be missed, Crazy Mohan.

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One the world's comedic genius 'Crazy' Mohan has has left us a couple of days ago.
I was very shocked to hear of his death. A real genius at wordplay. He came into his own after partnering with Kamal Hasan. Here is a wonderful article on how that came about.
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His unique brand of humor will be sorely missed.
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Crazy Mohan Dead...OMG...I guess the Gods in heaven were really stressed out and they needed a good dose of crazy humor. I got hooked on to his dramas first thanks to the Music season in Madras in the early 90s. And after that there was no stopping. To this day missus complains that a lot of my conversations are similar to the witty rejoinders of Crazy Mohan. His dramas were of simple plots and his comedy was not slapstick, but of witty retorts with very good timing. Will miss him dearly...
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