Bengaluru | Jagran Entertainment Desk: Celebrated actor, playwright, and filmmaker Girish Karnad died in Bengaluru on Monday at the age of 81. He was being treated for his prolonged illness and passed away due to multiple organ failure. The funeral will take place on June 11.

"Karnad died at home at around 8:30 a.m. due to age-related symptoms," an official in the Karnataka Chief Minister's office told IANS.

He was known for his activism and his fearless political voice.

Tributes have been flowing for the veteran actor. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter wrote: "Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace." 

"Sad news coming in the morning about the passing away of veteran noted actor and playwright Girish Karnad. Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country," tweeted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"Deeply saddened by the passing away of Padma Bhushan Shri Girish Karnad. As an eminent playwright, film director, actor and recipient of the prestigious Jnanpith Award, he leaves behind a great legacy," tweeted DK Shivakumar.

"May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed," tweeted Shruti Haasan.

Girish made his acting debut in a Kannada movie Samskara in 1970. He worked in many Hindi movies like Manthan (1976), Pukar (2000), Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), and Ek Tha Tiger (2012).

He also worked as a famous playwright and acted in many South Indian films.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974 and Padma Bhushan in 1992. He was also awarded the Jnanpith in 1998.

Girish Karnad was born on May 19, 1928, in Mumbai and he was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

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