Girish Karnad Wiki, Age, Height, Biography, Wife, Net Worth

Girish Karnad is a popular Indian playwright, film actor and film director. He is known for his contribution in South Indian Cinema as well as in Bollywood. The plays that he compose are quite amazing and there is always a huge gathering to watch and enjoy his work.

Girish Karnad

Net Worth

The net worth of Girish Karnad is not known.

Income Source

The major source of income for Girish Karnad is the fee that he receives for his work in the plays and the movies.

Real Name

The real name of this talented personality is Girish Raghunath Karnad

Date of Birth: 19th May 1938

Age: 80 years


Girish Karnad has an average height and he is 5 feet and 9 inches tall. In addition to this, he weighs about 80 Kgs.

Marital Status

Girish Karnad is married to Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy

Personal Background

As per the information available, Girish was born in Matheran in Maharashtra and he belongs to a Saraswat Brahmin Konkani family. The name of his father is Mr. Rao Saheb Dr. Karnad and the name of his father is Mrs. Krishna Bai Mankeekara. In addition to this, he also has two sisters. When he was 14 years old, his family decided to move to Dharwad, Karnataka.  It is known that he went to Karnatak Arts College of Karnataka University to pursue Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Statistics. He later moved to England where he enrolled himself in Magdalen College of University of Oxford. He pursued Masters of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics from there.

He later also completed his Ph.D. from the same institute. Later Girish got married to Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy and the couple raised two children together. He met Dr. Saraswathy in a party and they were dating each other for 10 years before they got married.


Talking about the carrier of Girish, he started his career with Oxford University Press and he worked for them for 7 years in Chennai. He later got a job offer from University of Chicago where he worked as a visiting professor. He also wrote many plays during his tenure at University of Chicago and later in 2000, he was selected as the director of the esteemed Nehru Centre. He was also the Minister of Culture at Indian Embassy in London for a period of three years. It should also be noted that most of his work was in Kannada but most of his plays were later translated to English as well. Girish also worked in many movies and he has a huge fan following because of his work. Apart from the movies and plays, he also worked in some of the TV shows like Malgudi Days. Because of his talent, Girish also won several awards for his contribution in literature and Cinema. Some of the awards he received includes National Film Awards, Filmfare Awards and many more.

Properties and Cars

The details about Girish Karnad’s cars and properties are not listed.