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In memory of Karnad

Dhaee Aakhar in association with Sunaparanta – Goa Centre for the Arts will be hosting a play-reading session titled ‘Rang Karnad’ on Friday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Girish Karnad was a well known film director and actor. He was also well recognised as a playwright who revolutionised plays through his modern writing.

His plays that explored folklore, mythology, and history were known for being a reflection of problems faced in life. These have been translated into English and other Indian languages.

To pay tribute to him, Dhaee Aakhar, Goa, a group of individuals who are from varied backgrounds but who have a common love and passion for art, culture, literature, and cinema will be hosting a play-reading session titled ‘Rang Karnad’ on Friday, July 16 at 6.30 p.m.

The event is an attempt to understand the plays that he has written and get a glimpse of Karnad’s writing and his intellect. During this one-hour session excerpts of three of Karnad’s plays, ‘Nagamandala’, ‘Tughlaq’, and ‘Bikhre Bimb’ will be presented in Hindi and English.

Karnad who was born on May 19, 1938 at Matheran, Maharashtra, spent his childhood in a village called Sirsi in Karnataka. As he himself had mentioned at various forums, this place played a major role in shaping his creative thought process. Right from his childhood he was exposed to folk art forms like Yakshana and listening to stories from Indian mythology and folklore.

Having passed away on June 10 at Bengaluru, after battling with an illness, Karnad was a Rhodes Scholar, and a recipient of the Padma Bhushan and Jnanpith Award. He leaves behind a huge legacy of his works, which is well presented through his plays, movies, and books.  In his lifetime he wrote 15 plays, all in the Kannada language. Some of them  are ‘Yayati’ (1961), ‘Tughlaq’ (1964), ‘Hayavadana’ (1972), ‘Nagamandala’ (1988), ‘Odakalu Bimba’ (2006), ‘Benda Kaalu on Toast’ (2012), among others.

Along with theatre, Karnad was well-known in other forms of art. He became a household name with the television serial ‘Malgudi Days’ where he played the role of a strict father of Swami and then as the host of science show ‘Turning Point’, both aired on Doordarshan in the 1990s.

Karnad also acted and directed many films. He made his debut as a screenplay writer and actor with the critically acclaimed Kannada film, ‘Samskara’, directed by Pattabhirama Reddy. He also acted in various Kannada and Hindi films like ‘Nishaant’ (1975), ‘Manthan’ (1976), Swami (1977), and most recently in ‘Ek Tha Tiger’(2012) and its sequel ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ (2017).

He also headed various institutes, and had served as director of the Film and Television Institute of India (1974–1975) and chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, The National Academy of the Performing Arts (1988–93).

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