The Wire Joins Hands With OUP to Celebrate the Timeless Genius of Girish Karnad

The playwright's spirit of creativity and dissent, so relevant for contemporary India, will be the focus of a series of virtual events.

New Delhi: The Wire is joining hands with Oxford University Press and Tata Literature Live to celebrate the legacy of Girish Karnad on the occasion of his first death anniversary.

There will be a month-long series of events beginning May 19, highlighting the works of the noted actor, film director, writer, and playwright.

Karnad left an indelible mark across generations with his unique plays that employed the use of folklore, mythology, and events from the folds of history to analyse the social and cultural sphere of contemporary India. And it was this courage of his spirit that allowed him to take on the role of a committed public intellectual whose voice always rose for the oppressed.

Karnad was the recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India, besides the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

OUP was the major publisher of his unforgettable plays that accomplished a pioneering role in shaping the literary and political consciousness of generations across the subcontinent.

The first virtual event was held live on Instagram on Monday and featured film and theatre actress Arundathi Nag and director Shyam Benegal in conversation with Anil Dharker, founder and director of the Mumbai International Literary Festival.

Girish Karnad’s last book, Crossing to Talikota, was published in 2019.