Born: May 19,1938 Matheran, British India
Biography: Girish Karnad is one of the most respectable and noted actor, director and playwright of the Indian theatre and movies (essentially Kannada). He made his debut as an actor and screenwriter in a Kannada movie, Samskara (1970), which based on a novel by U.R. Ananthamurthy and directed by Pattabhirama Reddy. It won the first President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema. Throughout his career (spanning over four decades), Karnad has worked in a number Hindi and Kannada feature films and had the opporturnity to work with the likes of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Shyam Benegal. He is most remembered for playing the role of Swami's father in the popular TV series of the yesteryears Malgudi Days (1986–1987), based on R. K. Narayan's books. Vamsha Vriksha (1971) was his directorial debut and won Karnad the National Film Award for Best Direction. Some of his other directed movies include Godhuli, Utsav, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Cheluvi, Kaadu, Kanooru Heggaditi, Nishaant, Manthan, Swami and Pukar. He is the recipient of the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.