Girish Karnad’s demise marks the end of an era in Indian theatre. He was 81 and for the last two years suffering from a respiratory ailment that forced him to carry a portable oxygen cylinder. This however, did not prevent him from attending Gauri Lankesh’s first death anniversary and solidarity meet where the friends and admirers of the courageous journalist had gathered in the name of sanity and humanity. Karnad’s passing was headline news and even those who did not know that he