Well known film and theatre pesonality, Girish karnad has been conferred with a Honaray Doctorate by the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Girish Karnad has acted in films in many languages and directed some award winning Kanada films like Vamshavrukha, Kaadu, Ondhaanondhu Kaaladhali and has also directed many teleserials.
Girish Karnad is the first theatre personality to be honoured by the USC and at the Commencement Ceremony on Friday 13 May 2011, he will share the honour with five other distinguished people, including Steven A. Ballmer, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation and Herald Zur Hausen, virologist and Nobel Laureate.
The University of Southern California, Los Angeles has decided to honour, Girish Karnad, with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. President C. L. Max Nikias will announce the honour at a meeting hosted by Shri Ratan Tata, Trustee of the University, on Monday 21 February at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai, at 5.30 pm.
In his letter to Karnad, President Nikias said that the degree was being bestowed on him "to honour your pioneering contribution as a playwright as well as the seminal role you have played in shaping modern Indian theatre," and that the honour also "recognizes your stellar accomplishments as a writer, actor and director for film and television".