गिरीश कर्नाड

I present to you, Sir, Shri Girish Karnad. Born in May 1938 at Matheran (Maharashtra), Girish Karnad belongs actually to Mysore State. Having graduated in Mathematics from his home State University, he proceeded for higher studies as Rhodes Scholar to Oxford, U.K. where he graduated in Modern Greats. He then took up service with Oxford University Press in 1963 and rose to be Manager by 1969. His wide-ranging education gave Karnad an extensive background for his extraordinary gift as playwright. His first play ‘Yayati’ in Kannada, was published in 1961, and was followed by ‘Tughlaq’ (1964), the play that put him in the front rank of contemporary dramatists. It has been repeatedly translated and performed in various centres in other languages such as English, Marathi, Bengali. His most recent play is ‘Hayavadan’ (1971), a successful experiment in utilising a folk form in contem- porary theatre, has appeared in Hindi, English, Marathi and Bengali translations. Girish Karnad has lately made his mark in avant garde films. He acted in ‘Samskara’ based on a famous Kannada novel, which won the President’s Gold Medal in 1971 and co-directed and acted in ‘Vamsha Vriksha’ which was awarded the President’s Award for Direction. Shri Karnad was given the Kamladevi Award for the Best Play (Hayavadana) in 1971 by the Bharatiya Natya Sangh. He was awarded the Homi Bhabha Fellowship for creative work (1970-72). For his eminence in the field of drama and his contribution to creative theatre arts, Shri Girish Karnad receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Playwriting.