In the passing away of actor, author, filmmaker and playwright, Girish Karnad (pictured), Karnataka has lost a colossus. His plays like Tughlaq, Hayavadana, Naga-Mandala, Tale-Danda and many others are recognised as one of the main pillars of the Navya literary movement. Never afraid of holding up a mirror to the society, the 'Urban Naxal' stood for every cause that could be considered liberal. True to his wishes, he was cremated with a simple ceremony sans rituals and a state funeral. His death is a huge loss to the world of modern Indian theatre and literature.
N J Ravi Chander, Bengaluru
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