Veteran actor, director and playwright Girish Karnad passed away a few days back. His death was mourned by people from all walks of life. From politicians to film personalities and that too across different film industries shared their condolences.
Karnad’s son Raghu shared a beautiful message about his father. In it he shared about the last few days of his father’s life. With the message, he also posted a framed picture of his father. Read his Instagram post here:
The picture that is growing rooted in my mind is of Appa in his spot on the sofa, his hand around a glass of whiskey, gently bubbling with bits of history, legend, song, folktale and philosophy. That was the man I loved. As many friends have pointed out, he had an immaculate sense of timing. This past weekend, my sister and I were both at home for a friend's wedding. On Saturday evening, he completed a set of audio interviews with Arshia Sattar. On Sunday evening, the family sat together warmed by the long lines of sun on the terrace. I gave him his physio and my sister cut his nails. We talked about some new, difficult issues with his body. It was sad, but not only sad. On Monday morning he was gone. In the days since then, it's felt like a tribute to Appa that the house and my mind have been swirling with languages; Konkani, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, English, Hindi, without much incomprehension. We're all feeling a lot of love, relief and gratitude. Thank you for the many messages about how you felt enriched by his life and work. The reverse is also true. His life and work were enriched and elevated by gurus and professors, aunts and sisters, friends, collaborators, directors, students, publishers, actors, readers, rivals, aides, some very important drivers – and many drinking companions. In his last few weeks and even hours I heard many of those names. Thank you all for building up the extraordinary person he was.
Girish Karnad though known as an actor was more famous as a playwright. He also wrote and directed films. He worked with the likes of Shyam Benegal, Shashi Kapoor, Smita Patil, Shabana Azmi, Rekha and many such talented film personalities.