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Girish Karnad

1938 - 2019

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Girish Karnad (19 May 1938 – 10 June 2019) was an Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer, playwright and a Jnanpith awardee, who predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. His rise as a playwright in the 1960s marked the coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada, just as Badal Sarkar did in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh in Hindi. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India.For four decades Karnad composed plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Girish Karnad has received more than 3,654,638 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Girish Karnad is the 1,141st most popular actor (up from 3,777th in 2019), the 186th most popular biography from India (up from 454th in 2019) and the 7th most popular Indian Actor.

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Among actors, Girish Karnad ranks 1,141 out of 9,996Before him are Renée Simonot, Gunnel Lindblom, Ted Danson, Michael Ironside, Yevgeny Leonov, and Al Lettieri. After him are Soad Hosny, Kemal Sunal, Kurt Gerron, Mercedes McCambridge, Louise Brooks, and John Barrymore.

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Among people born in 1938, Girish Karnad ranks 111Before him are Tereza Kesovija, Ted Turner, Cabu, Ryōji Noyori, Guy Roux, and Keith O'Brien. After him are Morihiro Hosokawa, Lill-Babs, Willy Claes, Radivoj Korać, Heino, and Robert Smithson. Among people deceased in 2019, Girish Karnad ranks 93Before him are Ginger Baker, Nuon Chea, Princess Christina of the Netherlands, Nikolai Kardashev, Felice Gimondi, and Peter Lindbergh. After him are Köbi Kuhn, Paul Badura-Skoda, Frank Lucas, Robert Frank, Machiko Kyō, and Šaban Šaulić.

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In India

Among people born in India, Girish Karnad ranks 186 out of 1,493Before him are Kailash Satyarthi (1954), Deepak Chopra (1946), M. Night Shyamalan (1970), Abdul Karim (1863), Salim Ali (1896), and Lakshmi Mittal (1950). After him are Motilal Nehru (1861), Narayana Guru (1855), Dignāga (480), Shantanu (null), Periyar E. V. Ramasamy (1879), and Nana Sahib (1824).

Among ACTORS In India

Among actors born in India, Girish Karnad ranks 7Before him are Amitabh Bachchan (1942), Vivien Leigh (1913), Shah Rukh Khan (1965), Julie Christie (1940), Aishwarya Rai (1973), and Salman Khan (1965). After him are Ajay Devgn (1969), Dharmendra (1935), Shilpa Shetty (1975), Amrish Puri (1932), Hema Malini (1948), and Aamir Khan (1965).

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