Deepest condolences to families RIP SHEELA GAUTAM & GIRISH KARNAD
Renowned playwright, actor and social activist Girish Karnad, who left his indelible mark on the world of literature, theater and film for more than five decades, died at his residence on Monday morning after a prolonged illness, according to press reports.
The award-winning star, 81 years old, was known to raise his voice against social and political problems, and was a well-known social activist who defended freedom of expression.
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He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema.
PM MODI expressed deepest condolences and tweeted
Karnad, born in 1938 in Mumbai, often expressed his views on religious fundamentalism. He was also one of the 200 writers who published an open letter to reject the hate policy and favor a “diverse and egalitarian India” during the recent general elections.
Karnad, who often used history and mythology to address contemporary issues, translated his works into several Indian languages and was directed by directors such as Ebrahim Alkazi, B V Karanth and Alyque Padamsee among others.
Sheela Gautam, a four-time BJP deputy in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and founder and president of the famous mattress company Sleepwell, died in the national capital, officials confirmed. She was 88 years old.
Gautam, who did not stay well in the last six months, died on Saturday night. She was admitted to the PSRI hospital in Delhi on May 16 after she complained of respiratory problems.
Sushma swaraj tweeted and expressed her condolences