Actor-playwright Girish Karnad (79) was conferred with 2017 Tata Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution in field of theatre at the eighth edition of the Tata Literature festival held in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Other category winners
Big Little Book Awards: Nabaneeta Dev Sen.
Book of the year, non-fiction: ‘Age of Anger: A History of the Present’ by Pankaj Mishra.
Book of the year, fiction: Easterine Kire’s ‘Son of the Thundercloud’.
He is famously known for writing plays. His works translated into various Indian languages. Some of his critically acclaimed plays are Yayati (1961), Tughlaq (1964), Hayavadana (1971), Naga-mandala (1988) and Taledanda (1990). He also had made his acting impact through several films and theatre shows.
His screen debut in Kannada movie “Samskara” had won first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema. Some of his critically acclaimed Bollywood movies are Nishaant, Manthan, Swami, Pukar, Iqbal and Dor.
He is also known for his role of Swami’s father in the TV series “Malgudi Days” based on R.K.Narayan’s books. He had served as Director of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, National Academy of Performing Arts. He is recipient of Jnanpith Award, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards.