On the occasion, Karnad said although his works were in Kannada, his roots also lay in the Marathi stage culture, imbibed through plays of the legendary Balgandharva. Noted stage and film director Jabbar Patel, who gave the award to Karnad, praised his plays saying that they posed a challenge to actors who had to grasp the imagery and language of his works. Marathi stage artist and writer Pradip Vaidya was also honoured on the occasion for his contribution to Marathi theatre.
However, Girish Karnad has acted in different language films in the recent times. He was seen in Bollywood film Ek Tha Tiger, Tamil film Mugamoodi, and will be also seen in forthcoming Kannada film Yaare Koogadali starring Puneet Rajkumar.