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    Indian PM Modi Pays Tribute to Late Bollywood Actor Girish Karnad

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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The renowned actor and screenwriter died at age 81 of multiple-organ failure on 10 June at his residence and his remains will be cremated without any religious ceremony, as per his family's wishes. In 1992, India’s third-highest civilian honour, Padma Bhushan, was conferred on Karnad.

    Indian actor and playwright Girish Karnad passed away on Monday after suffering from multiple organ failure at his residence in the Indian city of Bengaluru. He was 81.

    Karnad is survived by his wife Saraswathi and his son Raghu Karnad.

    Karnad started acting in 1970, and starred in critically-acclaimed Hindi films including Swami and Nishant.

    His most recent film was the Bollywood blockbuster, Tiger Zinda Hai, starred top Bollywood actor Salman Khan. 

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    After the news was made public, tributes started trickling in from throughout India; condolences were sent by the nation's best-known celebrities and its political leaders.

    President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in paying their respects to the late actor.

    Prime Minister Modi praised Karnad's passion and versatility.

    Other political leaders and journalists also expressed their condolences to the family and loved ones of the veteran actor.

     Saddened by the loss, the Indian film fraternity paid a tribute to the actor for his years of contribution to the industry.

     Karnad was a vocal critic of Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and often alleged that they promoted Hindu Nationalism in the country.

    Karnad's home state of Karnataka has declared the day a holiday for schools, universities and government offices.  The state government has also declared a three-day period of mourning which will last until Wednesday, as a mark of respect to the Jnanpith awardee, multi-lingual actor and noted writer.



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