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Veteran actor-playwright Girish
Veteran actor-playwright Girish Karnad passes away

Bengaluru.Veteran actor, playwright and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad passed away here today.

The actor had been battling illness for some time.

As the literature world mourned the demise of veteran playwright and actor, some of his old friends and colleagues from Maharashtra revealed little known aspects of his life, saying he never boasted about his intellect despite his towering stature. Ashok Kulkarni, Karnad's Pune-based friend since their college days, said though the actor was well read and was known for his love for books, his colleagues "never felt that pressure".

"We used to discuss cinema, theatre and other forms of literature but I don't remember any time when Karnad tried to dominate the conversation with his intellect," he told.

Karnad's command over several languages and his deep understanding of the literary and creative worlds made him the first non-civil servant director of Pune's prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). He was also the only director of FTII who went on to serve as its chairman, an official from the government-run institute said.

He was FTII's director from January 1, 1974 to December 31, 1975 and later served as its chairman from February 1999 to October 2001, the official said.(UPDATED ON JUNE 10TH, 2019)
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