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Political leaders condole the demise of Girish Karnad
Girish Karnad (81) - noted scholar, playwright, writer, actor, activist and theatre personality - died in Bengaluru on Monday.

He was cremated without rituals and fanfare on the same day. He is survived by his wife, Saraswathy Ganapathy, his son, Raghu Amay, and daughter, Shalmali Radha.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and were among those who expressed their grief at Karnad's passing away.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, "Sad to hear of the passing of Girish Karnad, writer, actor and doyen of Indian theatre. Our cultural world is poorer today. My condolences to his family and to the many who followed his work"

 "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", the Prime Minister said.

Karnataka Chief Minster H D Kumaraswamy said, "Deeply saddened to hear of the demise of Jnanpith laureate writer and iconic actor/film maker, Sri #GirishKarnad. His outstanding contribution to literature, theatre and films will always be remembered. In his death, we lost a cultural ambassador. May his soul rest in peace."

BJP state president B S Yedyurappa also extended his condolences on Twitter. He wrote, "Saddened to hear the demise of veteran actor-playwright and Jnanapeeta awardee Sri Girish Karnad. My deepest condolences to @RKarnad and his family."

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