EPITAPH : VIJAY TENDULKAR

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Welcome to Epitaph for D’s Art Takes. Here we present the creative legacies of influential people, who are no longer among us. Today we invite you to take a look at the life of the Indian playwright, Vijay Tendulkar

Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar was born in 1928 in Bombay, in British India. A brahmin by birth, Tendulkar’s father had a publishing business. Apart from this, he was also a playwright and theatre performer. This provided fertile soil for young Vijay who was interested in writing. Vijay started writing quite young, at age 6. In addition to having a literary bent of mind, he was also interested in the performing arts. As a pre-teen, he wrote and directed his very first play.

A Career Marathi Theatre : Vijay Tendulkar

In the early 40s, Tendulkar quit school to join the Indian Independence movement. It was a time of great civil disobedience against the British in India. Once again, Tendulkar used the written word as his medium and outlet to express himself. These writings were deeply personal accounts of his own experiences.

In 1955, Tendulkar wrote Grihasti. Even though this play was not successful, it was his first major work. The following year, he wrote Shrimant, which saw much success. Tendulkar wrote plays in Marathi, aimed specially towards local audiences in Maharashtra. However, they gained popularity and were performed all over India.

 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (Silence! The Court is in Session, 1967), Sakharam Binder (1972), and Ghasiram Kotwal (1972) were some of Tendulkar’s most beloved works. They were praised by critics and watched over and over by audiences. What people loved most about his works was the element of social commentary in the guise of entertainment. Vijay Tendulkar typically wrote had a hard-hitting messages about social issues into his plays. But they were also extremely engaging to watch.

In addition to theatre plays, the writer also worked for Bollywood. He wrote the screenplays for Nishant (1974), Akrosh (1980) and several other films.

By the end of his career and life, Vijay Tendulkar was recognised as one of the great titans of Marathi theatre and literature. He died in 2008.


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