Born in 1938 in Matheran,
Maharashtra, Shri Girish Karnad
was educated at Karnataka
University, Dharwad, and at
Oxford University, where he was
a Rhodes scholar. He began his
career with the Oxford University
Press in Madras, and while there
worked with the Mddras Players
as actor and director. His first
play Yayati, based on the
Mahabharata episode, was
published in 1961.
Shri Girish Karnad is among India’s foremost dramatists, with eight published plays including Tughlaq (1964), Hayavadana (1971), Naga- Mandala (1988) and Taledanda (1990). In his plays he has explored a variety of themes, using Indian myth and history to create a body of work with strong contemporary resonances. Shri Karnad’s work has been translated from Kannada into a number of Indian languages and presented on stage by eminent directors including Sarvashri E. Alkazi, B. V. Karanth, and Vijaya Mehta.
Simultaneously, Shri Girish Karnad has worked in Indian cinema, and has won renown as an actor, director and scriptwriter. His important films include Samskara (1969) — where he had the lead role Vamsha Vriksha (1971) and Kaadu (1973). Recipient of the Homi Bhabha Fellowship (1970- 72), Shri Karnad has been honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1972), the Padma Shri (1974), and the Padma Bhushan (1992). He was the Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1988 to 1993.
For his contribution to lndian drama and theatre, Shri Girish Karnad is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi