Vastavam web: Veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad is all set to be honoured by Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award 2017.
The award will be presented to Karnad, 79, at the literature festival’s annual awards ceremony which will be held on November 19 at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point here.”This is why when the Tata Literature Live! honours me as a playwright, I feel enveloped by the warmth rolling in wave after wave – from across languages, cultures, and even from bygone generations – saying to me, ‘Well done!’ What more could one want? This is the moment a playwright lives for,” Karnad said in a statement.
His critically acclaimed plays in the era of 1960s such as ‘Yayati’ (1961), the historical ‘Tughlaq’ (1964), and his three seminal works ‘Hayavadana’ (1971), ‘Naga-mandala’ (1988) and ‘Taledanda’ (1990) have earned international praise.”His work, that marked the coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in the ’60s has significantly helped shape and enhance the Indian art and literature universe. We are looking forward to having him with us at the festival,” he said.
Harish Bhat, brand custodian, Tata Sons called Karnad “a giant of our generation, with memorable and influential contributions as playwright, writer, actor and director”.Past recipients of the Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award include legendary writers Amitav Ghosh (2016), Kiran Nagarkar (2015), MT Vasudevan Nair (2014), Khushwant Singh (2013), VS Naipaul (2012) and Mahashweta Devi (2011)