Veteran playwright, actor and director Girish Karnad passed away at the age of 81 today. The Jnanpith awardee had been dealing with age-linked ailments and breathed his last in his Bengaluru home around 8.30 am.
Karnad made his acting and screenwriting debut with a Kannada film named 'Samskara' in 1970 and was conferred with Padma Shri award in 1974 for contributions to theatre.
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