Girish Karnad Biography, Age, Height, Weight, Secrets, Affairs, Images, Marriage, Phone number.

Girish Karnad was a noted Indian playwright and actor. He predominantly worked in South Indian Cinema. He rose to fame as a playwright in the 1960s. He worked in Cinema for over a period of four decades. In 1998, he received Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honor conferred in India.

Girish Karnad Bio/Wiki

Name Girish Raghunath Karnad
Nick nameGirish.
Profession(s)Actor, Kannada Writer, Playwright and Director
Date of Birth 19 May 1938
Zodiac/Sun SignTaurus
Birth PlaceBombay Presidency, British India
Date of Death 10 June 2019
Place of DeathHe died at his residence on Lavelle Road in Bengaluru at 6.30 am
Age(at the time of death)81 Years
Death CauseMultiple-organ failure
Home townBengaluru, India
Parents/ FatherLate Rao Saheb Dr Karnad
MotherLate Krishna Bai Mankeekara
BrotherNot Known
SisterSisters- 2 Names Not Known

Personal Life

School Government School.
College / University Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad, Karnataka University
Magdalen College, University of Oxford, England
Education QualificationBachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics
Master of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics
Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
Contact numberNot Known
AddressBangalore, India
CasteKannada Brahmin.
Nationality Indian
CarNot Known
HobbiesReading, Writing, Listening to soft music, Yoga
DebutPlay Screenwriting: ‘Maa Nishaadha’ (1960)
Kannada Film & Screenwriting: ‘Samskara’ (1970)Direction: ‘Vamsha Vriksha’ (1971)
TV: ‘Malgudi Days’ (1987)
Awards, Honours For Literature
1), Sangeet Natak Akademi award & Varthur navya Award- 1972
2), Padma Shri- 1974
3), Padma Bhushan- 1992
4), Kannada Sahitya Parishat Award- 1992
5), Sahitya Academy Award- 1994
6), Jnanpith Award- 1998
7), Kalidas Samman- 1998
8), University of Southern California, Los Angeles- 2011
National Film Awards
1), Best Direction: Vamsha Vriksha (with B. V. Karanth)- 1971
2), Best Feature Film in Kannada: Vamsha Vriksha- 1971
3), Best Feature Film in Kannada: Tabbaliyu Neenade Magazine- 1977
4), Best Screenplay: Bhumika (with Shyam Benegal and Satyadev Dubey)- 1978
5), Best Feature Film in Kannada: Ondanondu Kaladalli- 1978
6), Best Non-Feature Film: Kanaka Purandara- 1989
7), Best Non-feature Film on Social Issues: The Lamp in the Niche- 1990
8), Best Film on Environment Conservation: Cheluvi- 1992
9), Best Feature Film in Kannada: Kaanuru Heggadathi- 1999
Filmfare Awards South
1), Best Director for the Kannada film: Vamsha Vriksha- 1972
2), Best Director for the Kannada film: Kaadu- 1974
3), Best Actor for the Kannada film: Ananda Bhairavi- 1983
Filmfare Awards Hindi
1), Best Screenplay Award: Godhuli (with B. V. Karanth)- 1980
Other Awards/Honours
1), Honorary Doctorate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles- 2011

Marital Status/Affairs

Marital StatusMarried
AffairsNot Known
Wife/SpouseDr. Saraswathy Ganapathy
ChildrenSon- Raghu Karnad
Daughter- Not Known


SalaryNot Known
NetworthRs. 80 Crore Indian Rupees

Physical Status

HeightIn centimeters- 175 cm
In meters- 1.75 m
In feet inches- 5’ 9”
WeightIn Kilograms- 80 kg
In Pounds- 176 lbs
Shoe size9
Hair colorSalt & Pepper
Eyes colorDark Brown
Skin colorWheatish

Girish Karnad Favorites

Favorite food Kanda Batata Poha’, ‘Misal Pav’, Vada-Pav’, ‘Aloo Methi’, ‘Lacha Parantha’, ‘Sabutdana Khichdi’
Favorite SongNot Known
Favorite ActorAmitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Govinda, Puneet Raj Kumar, Diganth
Favorite ActressRekha, Hema Malini, Arundathi Nag, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Jayanthi
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite PlaceNot Known
Favorite MovieNot Known
Favorite ColoursGrey, Black, Brown, Blue

Social Media Accounts

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Girish Karnad Some Lesser-Known Facts

  • Does Girish Karnad Drink alcohol: Not Known
  • Does Girish Smoke?: Yes
  • He is an Actor, Kannada Writer, Playwright, and Director by Profession(s)
  • Girish Karnad was born in Matheran, Maharashtra and brought up in Karnataka.
  • He belonged to Saraswat Brahmin Konkani Family.
  • He started his career in 1960.
  • He is well known for his work in the South Indian movies and Bollywood.
  • In 1964, he came into the limelight from his play ‘Tughlaq’
  • His work as the Swami’s Father in ‘Malgudi Days’ (1987) was highly appreciated by the viewers in India.
  • He first met his wife at a party when he was working at the Oxford University Press in Madras on his return from England to India and got married to her at the age of 42.
  • He is fond of writing plays, literature, stories, poems, etc.
  • His plays were written in Kannada and have been translated into English and other Indian languages.

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