Girish Raghunath Karnad

Girish Raghunath Karnad was born on 19th may in the year 1938 at Maharashtra to a Brahmin family.He is a Film director, Actor, Poet, Play Writer. He earned his bachelor degree from Karnataka College Dharwad. Later Karnad went to England and studied at Lincoln and Magdalen college in Oxford as a Rhodes scholar earning his masters degree in Philosophy,Political scienced and Economics.

Karnad is most famous as a playwright. His plays, written in Kannada, have been widely translated into English and all major Indian languages. Karnad's plays are written neither in English, in which he dreamed of earning international literary fame, nor in his mother tongue Konkani.His directorial debut came with the movie VamshaVruksh, based on a Kannada novel by S.L. Bhairappa. The movie won several national and international awards.

He has played the role of Karadi, the sootradhar (narrator), for several stories in the popular audiobook series for kids, Karadi Tales. He has also been the voice of APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India, in the audiobook of Kalam's autobiography by Charkha Audiobooks Wings of Fire.

His Hindi movies include Utsav, Godhuliand the recent Pukar. A recently acclaimed movie by Karnad is Kanooru Heggaditi, based on a novel by Kannada writer Kuvempu. Karnad has also acted in several other movies and received critical acclaim.