Girish Karnad Current Affairs - 2019

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Author Amish Tripathi appointed director of London’s Nehru Centre

Renowned Author Amish Tripathi has been named as the new director of London’s Nehru Centre, under Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

About Amish Tripathi

He is the author of best-selling books such as ‘Secret of the Nagas’ and ‘Sita – Warrior of Mithila’.

He will take over the director’s post from diplomat Srinivas Gotru, whose 4 year tenure ended in early 2019. He was appointed on basis of merit, after he applied for the director’s post followed by an interview with a selection panel.

His appointment is being expected to bring more visibility to ICCR’s flagship cultural centre and will make every centre under ICCR to be more vibrant and proactive to generate a proper understanding of the Indian culture abroad.

About London’s Nehru Centre

The Nehru Centre is a cultural centre located at the South Audley Street, London in United Kingdom (UK).

It was established in 1992 with the goal of promoting cultural exchange between India and UK.

Famous personalities associated with centre include- Gopalkrishna Gandhi served as its founder director and Playwright-actor Girish Karnad was among prominent people to have helmed the centre.

Most of the directors to Nehru Centre’s have been political appointees. Diplomat Pavan Varma was 1st bureaucrat to head cultural wing of Indian high commission in London, UK and was appointed as its director in 2005.

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Fact Box: Girish Karnad

The renowned playwright, actor and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad died at the age of 81 at his residence in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He succumbed to multiple-organ failure.

To honour the well-known writer who brought 7th Jnanpith to Kannada, Karnataka Government declared a holiday for schools and colleges and a 3-day State mourning as a tribute.

About Girish Karnad

  • He was born in May 1938. He became one of the most prominent theatre personalities in priod of 1960s and 1970s, which was regarded as Renaissance of Indian theatre.
  • Playwright: He wrote his first play Yayati in 1961 when he was a Rhodes scholar (world’s oldest fellowship program) in England, UK. He worked with mythology, history and gave them a contemporary resonance in plays like Tughlaq and Hayavadana. He translated most of his plays himself. His last play was Rakshasa Tangadi, (a Kannada play on the Battle of Talikota) which was published in 2018.
  • Director and Actor: he made his acting debut in the classic movie- Samskara. He made his name not only in parallel cinema but was also celebrated for his roles in mainstream films in multiple languages. He directed around 12 films and documentaries in Kannada and Hindi.
  • Awards: He was recipient of Padma Shri (1974) for his contributions to theatre and Padma Bhushan (1992) in recognition of his contributions to arts. He was also conferred Jnanpith Award in 1998.

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