Bengaluru: 81-year-old Jnanpith awardee, actor and writer Girish Karnad on Monday (June 10) passed away at his residence in the city due to multiple organ failure.

Several political leaders sent their condolences on Twitter and praised Karnad for his contribution to the country.

Taking to Twitter, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said, "Deeply saddened to hear the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/filmmaker, Shri GirishKarnad. His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered."

His tweet further stated that the state had lost its cultural ambassador.

State BJP president BS Yeddyurappa also posted a tweet which said, "Saddened to hear the demise of veteran actor-playwright and jnanapeeta awardee Sri Girish Karnad. My deepest condolences to @RKarnad and his family."

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also conveyed his heartfelt grief by posting a tweet which said, "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."

President of India, Ram Nath Kovind also poured his condolences to Girish Karnad's demise and posted a tweet.


Karnad breathed his last at his residence at Lavelle Road in Bengaluru at 6.30am.

He was suffering from a respiratory disorder and was recently seen attending functions with an oxygen mask for support.