He and theatre great Ebrahim Alkazi influenced each other to a great extent.
Three years later, in 1964, Karnad wrote Tughlaq, another play based on the story of the 14th-century king Muhammad bin Tughluq. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. Other celebrated works by Girish includes Hayavadana (1972), which was inspired by Thomas Mann's novel Transposed Heads, Nagamandala (1988), in which a myth takes over reality, Taledanda (1990), which is about radical protest and reform. For his plays, Karnad won the Sahitya Academy award in 1994 and the Jnanpith award in 1998.
Those were the exciting years of a new and modern Indian theatre, with Badal Sircar writing in Bangla, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh in Hindi.
Literature remained an important foundation of his work in cinema.
He ventured into the parallel cinema movement of the '70s with the Shyam Benegal-directed "Nishant" and "Manthan".
In television, Karnad played Swami's father in the TV adaptation of RK Narayan's Malgudi Days.
Born in Maharashtra on 19 May 1938, Karnad was a multi-faceted personality. His family later shifted to the neighbouring state of Karnataka. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and statistics from Karnatak Arts College in Dharwad and graduated as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford with a Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics.
In a career spanning six decades, Karnad acted mostly in Kannada and Hindi films, which were both mainstream and off-beat. "Girish ji's views and artistic contribution will be missed by the country".
"The scheduled state Cabinet expansion on Wednesday has also been postponed to June 14 due to the mourning period", said the official in the chief minister's office.
Karnad received India's top literary prize, the Jnanpith Award, and two national awards, the Padma Shri in 1974 and Padma Bhushan in 1992, for his body of work.
Girish is considered one of the most prominent playwrights in Kannada literature.