Actor and playwriter Girish Karnad, left, in conversation with British playwriter David Hare during the Jaipur Literature Festival. Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie cancelled plans to appear at the Indian literature festival Friday after protests from Muslim clerics and warnings that he could be targeted for assassination over his controversial 'The Satanic Verses'.
Honorary doctorates reflect as much light on the bestowed as on the bestower. The University of Southern California has decided to honour Girish Karnad, playwright, director and actor par excellence thus recently. Ratan Tata, a trustee of the varsity, was near at hand.
In this file photo, (From Left) Outlook Editor-in-Chief Vinod Mehta, writer Arundhati Roy, playwright and actor Girish Karnad and writer Mahasweta Devi during a press conference of the Forum for the Protection of Free Speech and Expression in support of Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen in New Delhi.
Wife Saraswathy Ganapathy, daughter Shalmali and son Raghu Karnad leave after the last rites of the noted actor, filmmaker and playwright Girish Karnad at a cremetorium in Bengaluru. Karnad, 81, died in a hospital in Bengaluru, Monday morning.