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Vijay Tendulkar

Vijay Tendulkar
Vijay Tendulkar
Born Born in 1928
Nationality Indian
Known for Contemporary Indian Playwright

Vijay Tendulkar in Kolhapur, India. Is a leading contemporary Indian playwright, screen and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator. For the past four decades he has been the most influential dramatist and theater personality in Marathi, the principal language of the state of Maharashtra, which has had a continuous literary history since the end of the classical period in India and has nearly seventy-five million speakers today.

A lifelong resident of the city of Mumbai, Mr Tendulkar is the author of thirty full-length plays and twenty-three one-act plays, several of which have become classics of modern Indian theater. Ghashiram kotwal (Ghashiram the Constable) (1972), a musical combining Marathi folk performance styles and contemporary theatrical techniques, is one of the longest-running plays in the world, with over six thousand performances in India and abroad, in the original and in translation. Mr Tendulkar’s output in Marathi also includes eleven plays for children, four collections of short stories, one novel, and five volumes of literary essays and social criticism, all of which have contributed to a remarkable transformation of the modern literary landscape of Maharashtra and of India as a whole. He is an important translator in Marathi, having rendered nine novels and two biographies into the language, as well as five plays. He is the author of original stories and screenplays for eight films in Marathi, including Umbartha (The Threshold) (1981), a groundbreaking feature film on women’s activism in India. He is the father of actress Priya Tendulkar.


Published works


  • Kadambari: Ek (Novel: One) (1996)
  • Kadambari: DON (Novel: Two) (2005)


  • Amchyavar kon prem karnat (The Genius) (1947)
  • Thief! Police! (1955)
  • Shantata! court chalu ahe (Silence! The Court Is in Session) (1967)
  • Sakharam binder (Sakharam the Book-Binder) (1972)
  • Kamala (1981)
  • Kanyadan (The Gift of a Daughter) (1983)
  • Gidhade (The Vultures)
  • Encounter in Umbugland
  • Mitrachi Goshta (A Friend’s Story)
  • The Cyclist
  • His Fifth Woman (in English)
  • Panchi Aise Aate Hain
  • Jaat Hi Poocho Sadhu Ki
  • Khaamosh! Adaalat Jaarii Hai
  • Maazi Bahin
  • Jhala Ananta Hanumanta
  • Footpayricha Samrat
  • Maadi (in Hindi)
  • Goshta
  • Anand Owari (edited for the stage from the novel by Di. Ba. Mokashi)
  • Anji
  • Shrimant
  • Bhau Muraarrao
  • Pahije Jatiche
  • Bhalyakaka
  • Mee Jinkalo Mee Haralo
  • bebi


  • Ghashiram kotwal (Ghashiram the Constable) (1972)


  • Mohan Rakesh’s Adhe adhure (from Hindi)
  • Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq (from Kannada)
  • Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (from English).


  • Shantata! court chalu ahe (Silence! The Court Is in Session) (1972)
  • Nishant (End of Night) (1975)
  • Samana (Confrontation) (1975)
  • Manthan (Churning) (1976)
  • Simhasan (Throne) (1979)
  • Gehrayee (The depth) (1980)
  • Akriet (Unimaginable) (1981)
  • Aakrosh (Cry of the Wounded) (1981)
  • Umbartha (The Threshold) (1981)
  • Ardh Satya (Half Truth) (1983)
  • Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo (for children)