Veteran playwright and actor Girish Karnad passed away on Monday at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness in Bengaluru.
Karnad was ailing for some time now. A multifaceted personality, Karnad has acted in several plays and movies that have received critical acclamation.Karnad, a recipient of Jnanpith Award, was also conferred the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. He was also a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University, in the 1960s that earned him his Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics.
His plays, written in Kannada, have been translated into English and several Indian languages.
He made his acting debut and screenwriting debut in iconic Kannada movie, “Samskara” (1970), based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy. It was directed by Pattabhirama Reddy and the film won the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.
Though he started off his career in cinema as an actor, he is best known as a writer and thinker.
Karnad was one of the most prominent artistic voices of his generation.
He was an eminent playwright with works such as “Nagmandala”, “Yayati” and “Tughlaq”, which was one of the most successfully performed plays, to his credit.
He also worked in Hindi cinema’s parallel film movement in movies such as “Swami”, and “Nishant”.
His TV credits include “Malgudi Days” in which he played Swami’s father and a hosting stint in the science magazine “Turning Point” on Doordarshan in the early 1990s.
In later years, Karnad was seen in commercial films such as Salman Khan’s “Tiger Zinda Hai” and Ajay Devgn-starrer “Shivaay”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering his condolences on Twitter said that the actor’s “works will continue being popular in the years to come.”
Eight civilians injured in Pulwama grenade blast
Srinagar, June 18 : Eight civilians were injured after suspected militants lobbed a grenade towards police station Pulwama in south Kashmir on Tuesday.
A police officer told GNS that the suspected militants hurled a grenade towards police station Pulwama which exploded on the roadside.
In the explosion, eight pedestrians were injured and were immediately evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Among the injured, four seriously wounded were referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Following the blast, the government forces launched a hunt to nab the attackers.
Two dead, 8 others injured as boat capsizes in River Lidder
Srinagar, June 18 : An employee of the tourism department and a participant of championship named after brave heart, Rouf Ahmad Dar were killed and eight others were injured after a boat capsized in a river Lidder at Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday evening.
Reports reaching GNS said that the boat carrying the employee namely Rinku Raja and the female participant namely Sanjna from Jammu along with eight others, capsized in fast-flowing Lidder near Pahalgam.
Soon after the incident, a joint team of SDRF, police and local volunteers managed to rescue all of them and have been shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared Rinku and Sanjna as brought dead.
BMO Sallar Dr Shakeel Ahmad confirmed to GNS that both the persons were brought dead while eight others are injured. While five have been admitted one seriously injured person was referred to Srinagar hospital for specialized treatment.
Talking to GNS, Commissioner Secretary Tourism, Rigzin Samphel said that boat capsized in river Lidder and injured were shifted to hospital. He said that a three-day championship in honour of brave heart Rouf Ahmad Dar has been organized by the department and it started yesterday.
He said that after the conclusion of today’s rafting, the employee and the participant left for rafting during which the incident took place.
On May 31, last month, Rouf Dar saved five tourists, two of them foreigners, after their boat capsized in fast flowing river Lidder near Mawoora area of Pahalgam.
Unfortunately, Dar lost his life in an act of bravery which is being hailed by people and the administration
‘The Real Kashmir’ film gets shortlisted in PR Lions at Cannes Lions 2019
Indian agencies received 23 shortlists on day two of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Dentsu Webchutney received the majority of them with 10 shortlists.
Creative Data Lions
Mindshare got both of India’s shortlists in this category for ‘The Infection Alert System’ for Lifebuoy. Creative effectiveness
Creative Strategy Lions
Lowe Lintas’ ‘#HelpAChildReach5’ for Lifebuoy made the cut in this category.
Publicis Singapore’s ‘Touch of care India’ for P&G also received two shortlists in this category.
Dentsu Webchutney’s ‘Voice of Hunger’ for Swiggy earned four shortlists in the ‘Direct’ category. Leo Burnett ‘#StopMithani’ for HDFC Bank is also in the running for a metal.
Grey India’s ‘Breast Buffer’ for ALTBalaji and Mindshare’s ‘The Infection alert system’ earned two shortlists each. Dentsu Webchutney’s ‘Hagglebot’ for Flipkart also earned a shortlist.
Six Indian entries made the cut in this category. Cheil has two of them – ‘Bixby Voice Forever’ (Samsung) and ‘The Real Kashmir’ (Adidas).
Dentsu Webchutney has a nomination in this category too. This shortlist comes for ‘URI: The Surgical Strike’. Leo Burnett (#StopMithani – HDFC Bank), Lowe Lintas (Stories from the station – Google) and Ogilvy (The Shower – HUL) are also in the running.
Social and Influencer Lions
Dentsu Webchutney’s ‘Voice of Hunger’ for Swiggy has four shortlists in this category too.