Famous Playwrights from India

List of notable or famous playwrights from India, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in India and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to India. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from India is included when available.

List below includes Girish Karnad, Bhisham Sahni and more people. Featuring the most popular Indian writers of play, this list has it all. 

This historic playwrights from India list can help answer the questions "Who are some Indian playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from India?" These prominent playwrights of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian playwrights.

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  • Abhijat Joshi

    Abhijat Joshi

    Age: 53
    • Birthplace: India, Ahmedabad
    Abhijat Joshi (born 1969) is an Indian academic and screenwriter particularly known for his work with Vinod Chopra Productions, as the screenwriter for Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006),3 Idiots (2009),PK ...more
  • Bellary Raghava

    Bellary Raghava

    Dec. at 65 (1880-1946)
    • Birthplace: Anantapur district, India
    Bellary Raghava (Telugu: బళ్ళారి రాఘవ; born Tadipatri Raghavacharyulu; 2 August 1880 – 16 April 1946) was an Indian playwright, thespian and film actor, known for his works predominantly in Telugu ...more
  • Bharatendu Harishchandra
    Dec. at 34 (1850-1885)
    • Birthplace: Varanasi, India
    Bhartendu Harishchandra (9 September 1850 – 6 January 1885) is known as the father of modern Hindi literature as well as Hindi theatre. He is considered one of the greatest Hindi writers of modern ...more
  • Bhisham Sahni
    Dec. at 87 (1915-2003)
    • Birthplace: Pakistan, Rawalpindi
    Bhisham Sahni (8 August 1915 – 11 July 2003) was a Hindi writer, playwright, and actor, most famous for his novel and television screenplay Tamas ("Darkness, Ignorance"), a powerful and passionate ...more
  • Birendra Krishna Bhadra
    Dec. at 86 (1905-1991)
    • Birthplace: Kolkata, India
    Birendra Krishna Bhadra (Bengali: বীরেন্দ্রকৃষ্ণ ভদ্র) (1905–1991) was a radio broadcaster, playwright, actor, narrator and theatre director from Kolkata, India and a contemporary of Pankaj Mallick ...more
  • C. V. Raman Pillai
    Dec. at 63 (1858-1922)
    • Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, India
    Channankara Velayudhan Pillai Raman Pillai (19 May 1858 – 21 March 1922), also known as C. V., was one of the major Indian novelists and playwrights and a pioneering playwright and novelist of ...more