Vijay Tendulkar
Indian writer
Vijay Tendulkar
Vijay Tendulkar was a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator primarily in Marāthi. He is best known for his plays, Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghāshirām Kotwāl (1972), and Sakhārām Binder (1972). Many of Tendulkar's plays derived inspiration from real-life incidents or social upheavals, which provides clear light on harsh realities.
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Will Afzal Guru's ghost stir the fragile peace in Kashmir? - Economic Times
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Economic Times Will Afzal Guru's ghost stir the fragile peace in Kashmir? Economic Times Opportunistic politics and brinkmanship should not destroy the fragile peace, shush the new-found voices of Kashmir. By Harish Nambiar Towards the end of Sardar, Ketan Mehta's film on India's first home minister, based on Vijay Tendulkar's screenplay, ... Architect of save Afzal Guru move braces for new battleDaily News & Analysis IUML flays Centre over Guru hangingTimes of India NPT sitting pays tribute to GuruThe Nation Calcutta Telegraph -Hindustan Times -The Hindu all 433 news articles »
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The BJP has announced its state executive committee for 2012-2014. State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar told mediapersons at the party office in Panaji that there will be six vice-presidents of the party unit in the state.
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Theatre - Magical narratives - The Hindu
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Makarand Sathe, who was commissioned to edit a book of essays on Vijay Tendulkar, tells me that NSD has been sitting on his typescript for years and has, in recent months, simply stopped responding to his queries about its fate
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Rare Marathi theatre photos and tapes to be conserved - Hindustan Times
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The audio-video tapes include Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's performances, and Vijay Tendulkar's plays such as Ghashiram Kotwal and Sakharam Binder. However, technical challenges are many. "Cleaning of these pictures and tapes is difficult, as they can be
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Partly cloudy sky. Rain or thundershower may occur in some - Calcutta Telegraph
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Drama: Vijay Tendulkar. Direction: Bratya Basu. August 28 at Girish Mancha; 6.30pm: Purba Paschim presents Tagore's Raktakarabi. Direction: Goutam Halder. August 28 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30pm: Howrah Dakshinayan presents Hawa Badal
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Badal Sircar ……. evang Third Theatre - Calcutta Tube
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For me Badal Sarkar is an extremely fine theatre personality of our country akin to Mohan Rakesh, Girish Karnad, Vijay Tendulkar. Sircar realized that the commercialized proscenium theatre always requires a paying audience and thus inhibits the street
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South Asians star in play on post-9/11 paranoia - Times of India
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The group recently produced the US premiere of leading Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar's Marathi play "Sakharam Binder". Indian-American actor Choksi plays, among other roles, a guy named Arvind, "a troublemaker in his youth, a girl-shy adult,
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Govind Nihalani turns 71 - Hindustan Times
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The latter probably came from Nihalani's close association with the well-known Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar, who scripted his Akrosh and Ardha Satya. His debut as an independent cinematographer was in 1970 in a Marathi film, Shantata!
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Literature Live back: Shashi Tharoor to attend - Hindustan Times
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As part of the performances, a Pune-based group will present a dramatised telling of Vijay Tendulkar's newspaper columns. “Since the fest is held in Mumbai, we need to have a connection with Marathi. But being an international fest, it will only be a
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The Saturday Interview — Trendsetter of her time - The Hindu
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Rangayan, the theatre laboratory she founded ( in 1960) with Vijay Tendulkar and Arvind Deshpande, launched the experimental theatre movement in Marathi, with landmark productions of Indian plays (Tendulkar's “Shantata Court Chalu Ahe”, Khanolkar's “Ek
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Tracing the theatre - GroundReport
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Some famous theatre directions and writers are Mahesh Dattai, Girish Karnad (Kannada) , Vijay Tendulkar (Marathi), Alyque Padamsee, Habib Tanvir (Bhopal) etc. find out about other forms of folk theatre such as jatra, Nautanki, Ramlila, in India
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Partly cloudy sky. Maximum temperature likely to be - Calcutta Telegraph
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Drama: Vijay Tendulkar. Dir: Bratya Basu. July 28 at Girish Mancha; 6.30pm: Natasena presents Naran O Mokshoda. Direction: Durga Chakraborty. July 28 at Rabindra Sadan; 6.30pm: Mangalik presents Manush Bhoot. Direction: Samir Biswas
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Powerful plays - The Hindu
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Vijay Tendulkar's “Bobby” was a play in English. The main character of the play is Bobby, a girl who wants to live her dreams but is pressurised by her career oriented parents. Does she achieve her dreams is the story
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Rakesh Bedi plays 24 characters in a play - Times of India
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Written by the prolific and controvertial playwright Vijay Tendulkar, Massage takes a peep into the underbelly of today's society through the story of Happy Kumar. Rakesh Bedi will play 24 characters in his trademark comic style in this two-hour-long
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Hat-trick of fun, education and entertainment - IBNLive.com
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And, the finale performance was Vijay Tendulkar's Bobby, a play in English that talked about unrelenting and working parents who are more concerned about their social status than the child's welfare. Bobby is about one such kid who starts learning to
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Posted On Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 06:01:25 AM - Pune Mirror
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More than history aficionados, Nana was made (in)famous in the play Ghashiram Kotwal by the late Vijay Tendulkar. Historian Mandar Lavate told Mirror that one of the pictures of Nana which is often seen was drawn for CW Malet Bart, a representative of
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Mani Kaul (1944-2011) — A different filmmaker, a different man - The Hindu
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Films like Aashad Ka Aik Din, based on Mohan Rakesh's famous play centring around Kalidas, Ahmaq based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel Idiot (a young Shah Rukh Khan played the central character in it), Ghasiram Kotwal based on Vijay Tendulkar's political
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The play's the thing - The Hindu
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With the exception of Girish Karnad and Vijay Tendulkar… I would be hard pressed to name a third… We need playwrights who can use a living language in their plays. Use the kichadi that we all speak. English is now an Indian language
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Vijay Tendulkar
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 80
    Tendulkar died in Pune on 19 May 2008, battling the effects of myasthenia gravis.
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  • 2007
    Age 79
    In 2007, a short film about Tendulkar, Ankahin, (director Santosh Ayachit) was released.
    More Details Hide Details Tendulkar won Maharashtra State government awards in 1969 and 1972; and Mahārāshtra Gaurav Puraskār in 1999. He was honoured with the Sangeet Nātak Akademi Award in 1970, and again in 1998 with the Academy's highest award for "lifetime contribution", the Sangeet Nātak Akademi Fellowship ("Ratna Sadasya"). In 1984, he received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India for his literary accomplishments. In 1977, Tendulkar won the National Film Award for Best Screenplay for his screenplay of Shyām Benegals movie, Manthan (1976). He has written screenplays for many significant art movies, such as Nishānt, Ākrosh, and Ardh Satya. A comprehensive list of awards is given below:
  • 2005
    Age 77
    In 2005, a documentary titled Tendulkar Āni Himsā: Kāl Āni Āj ("Tendulkar and Violence: Then and Now") with English subtitles (produced by California Arts Association - CalAA - directed by Atul Pethe) was released.
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  • 2002
    Age 74
    Following the post-Godhra communal carnage in Gujarat in 2002, Tendulkar reacted by saying that "If I had a pistol, I would shoot Chief Minister Narendra Modi".
    More Details Hide Details This reaction of Tendulkar had evoked mixed reactions, local Modi supporters burning his effigies while others lauding his remark. Later, when he was asked if it was not strange that he, who was known as a strong voice against death penalty, had a death wish for Modi, Tendulkar had said that "it was spontaneous anger, which I never see as a solution for anything. Anger doesn't solve problems." Literature is reflection of society. It portrays the curves of social changes. Society and politics are strongly highlighted in Tendulkar’s plays. Tendulkar had Leftist views, in particular he was against Hindu social groups specially against Brahmins, most of his dramas show Brahmins in bad light. In his writing career spanning more than five decades, Tendulkar has written 27 full-length plays and 25 one-act plays. Several of his plays have proven to be Marathi theatre classics. His plays have been translated and performed in many Indian languages.
  • 2001
    Age 73
    Tendulkar's son Raja and wife Nirmala had died in 2001; his daughter Priya Tendulkar died the next year (2002) of a heart attack following a long battle with breast cancer.
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  • 1991
    Age 63
    In 1991, Tendulkar wrote a metaphorical play, Safar, and in 2001 he wrote the play, The Masseur.
    More Details Hide Details He next wrote two novels — Kādambari: Ek and Kādambari: Don — about sexual fantasies of an ageing man. In 2004, he wrote a single-act play, His Fifth Woman — his first play in the English language — as a sequel to his earlier exploration of the plight of women in Sakhārām Binder. This play was first performed at the Vijay Tendulkar Festival in New York in October 2004. In the 1990s, Tendulkar wrote an acclaimed TV series, SwayamSiddha, in which his daughter Priyā Tendulkar, noted Television actress of 'Rajani' fame, performed in the lead role. His last screenplay was for Eashwar Mime Co. (2005), an adaptation of Dibyendu Palit's story, Mukhabhinoy, and directed by theatre director, Shyamanand Jalan and with Ashish Vidyarthi and Pawan Malhotra as leads.
  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 44
    In 1972, Tendulkar wrote another, even much more acclaimed play, Ghāshirām Kotwāl ("Officer Ghāshirām"), which dealt with political violence.
    More Details Hide Details The play is a political satire created as a musical drama set in 18th century Pune. It combined traditional Marathi folk music and drama with contemporary theatre techniques, creating a new paradigm for Marathi theatre. The play demonstrates Tendulkar's deep study of group psychology, and it brought him a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellowship (1974–75) for a project titled, "An Enquiry into the Pattern of Growing Violence in Society and Its Relevance to Contemporary Theatre". With over 6,000 performances thus far in its original and translated versions, Ghāshirām Kotwāl remains one of the longest-running plays in the history of Indian theatre. Tendulkar wrote screenplays for the movies Nishānt (1974), Ākrosh (The Cry) (1980), and Ardh Satya (The Half-Truth) (1984) which established him as an important "Chronicler of Violence" of the present. He has written eleven movies in Hindi and eight movies in Marathi. The latter include Sāmanā ("Confrontation") (1975), Simhāasan ("Throne") (1979), and Umbartha ("The Threshold") (1981). The last one is a groundbreaking feature film on women's activism in India. It was directed by Jabbar Patel and stars Smitā Pātil and Girish Karnād.
    In his 1972 play, Sakhārām Binder (Sakhārām, the Binder), Tendulkar dealt with the topic of domination of the male gender over the female.
    More Details Hide Details The main character, Sakhārām, is a man devoid of ethics and morality, and professes not to believe in "outdated" social codes and conventional marriage. He accordingly uses the society for his own pleasure. He regularly gives "shelter" to abandoned wives and uses them for his sexual gratification while remaining oblivious to the emotional and moral implications of his exploits. He justifies all his acts through claims of modern, unconventional thinking, and comes up with hollow arguments meant in fact to enslave women. Paradoxically, some of the women which Sakhārām had enslaved buy into his arguments and simultaneously badly want freedom from their enslavement.
  • 1971
    Age 43
    Satyadev Dubey presented it in movie form in 1971 with Tendulkar's collaboration as the screenplay writer.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1967
    Age 39
    It was presented on the stage for the first time in 1967 and proved as one of his finest works.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 28
    Based on a 1956 short story, Die Panne ("Traps") by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Tendulkar wrote the play, Śāntatā!
    More Details Hide Details Court Cālū Āhe ("Silence! The Court Is in Session").
    Breaking the vow, in 1956 he wrote Śrīmant, which established him as a good writer. Śrīmant jolted the conservative audience of the times with its radical storyline, wherein an unmarried young woman decides to keep her unborn child while her rich father tries to "buy" her a husband in an attempt to save his social prestige.
    More Details Hide Details Tendulkar's early struggle for survival and living for some time in tenements ("cāḷ/chawls") in Mumbai provided him first-hand experience about the life of urban lower middle class. He thus brought new authenticity to their depiction in Marathi theatre. Tendulkar's writings rapidly changed the storyline of modern Marathi theatre in the 1950s and the 60s, with experimental presentations by theatre groups like Rangāyan. Actors in these theatre groups like Shriram Lagoo, Mohan Agashe, and Sulabha Deshpande brought new authenticity and power to Tendulkar's stories while introducing new sensibilities in Marathi theatre. Tendulkar wrote the play Gidhāḍe (The Vultures) in 1961, but it was not produced until 1970. The play was set in a morally collapsed family structure and explored the theme of violence. In his following creations, Tendulkar explored violence in its various forms: domestic, sexual, communal, and political. Thus, Gidhāḍe proved to be a turning point in Tendulkar's writings with regard to establishment of his own unique writing style.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 14
    At age 14, he participated in the 1942 Indian freedom movement, leaving his studies.
    More Details Hide Details The latter alienated him from his family and friends. Writing then became his outlet, though most of his early writings were of a personal nature, and not intended for publication. Tendulkar began his career writing for newspapers. He had already written a play, Āmcyāvar Koṇ Preṃ Karṇār (Who will Love us?), and he wrote the play, Gṛhastha (The Householder), in his early 20s. The latter did not receive much recognition from the audience, and he vowed never to write again.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar was born on 6 January 1928 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, where his father held a clerical job and ran a small publishing business.
    More Details Hide Details The literary environment at home prompted young Vijay to take up writing. He wrote his first story at age six. He grew up watching western plays and felt inspired to write plays himself. At age eleven, he wrote, directed, and acted in his first play.
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