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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 49 Abhijat Joshi is an Indian academic and screenwriter particularly known for his work with Vinod Chopra Productions, as the screenwriter for Lage Raho Munna Bhai and 3 Idiots. He is a professor ...more

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Bellary Raghava is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Bellary Raghava Dec. at 66 (1880-1946) Bellary Raghava born Tadipatri Raghavacharyulu was an Indian playwright, thespian and film actor, known for his works predominantly in Telugu theater and cinema

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Bharatendu Harishchandra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 35 (1850-1885) Bharatendu Harishchandra 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 India. A recognised poet, he was ...more

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Bhisham Sahni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 88 (1915-2003) Bhisham Sahni was a Hindi writer, playwright, and actor, most famous for his novel and television screenplay Tamas, a powerful and passionate account of the Partition of India. He was awarded ...more

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 86 (1905-1991) Birendra Krishna Bhadra was an Indian broadcaster, playwright, actor, reciter and theatre director from Kolkata, and a contemporary of Pankaj Mallick and Kazi Nazrul Islam. He worked for the All ...more

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C. V. Raman Pillai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 64 (1858-1922) Cannankara Velayudhan Raman Pillai was one of the great Indian novelists and playwrights and pioneering playwright and journalist in Malayalam. He is often called and known as C.V.

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Chandrashekhara Kambara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 82 Chandrashekhara Kambara is a prominent poet, playwright, folklorist, film director in Kannada language and the founder-vice-chancellor of Kannada University in Hampi. He is known for effective ...more

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Chilakamarti Lakshmi Narasimha... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 79 (1867-1946) Chilakamarti Lakshmi Narasimham was an Indian playwright, novelist and author of short stories, who wrote in the Telugu language. He was a romantic and a social reformer in the tradition founded ...more

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Cho Ramaswamy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 84 Srinivasa Iyer Ramaswamy called as Cho Ramaswamy is a comedian, editor, political satirist, playwright and lawyer in Tamil Nadu. He is the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine, Thuglak. His ...more

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Dilip Hiro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Born in the Indian sub-continent, Dilip Hiro was educated in India, Britain and America, where he received a Master's degree at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He then ...more

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Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 80 Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of modern ...more

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Guru Thakur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Guru Thakur is a contemporary, Marathi Poet, lyricist, Script Writer, actor and Playwright. Guru was born and brought up in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. While he began his career as a newspaper ...more

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Habib Tanvir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 86 (1923-2009) Ahmad Khan is an actor.

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Huilgol Narayana Rao is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 87 (1884-1971) Huilgol Narayana Rao was a popular playwright in the modern Kannada literature and a freedom fighter. Narayana Rao is best known as the poet who composed the then national anthem of the ...more

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Javed Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 77 Javed Hassan Siddiqui is a Hindi and Urdu screenwriter, dialogue writer and playwright from India. He has written over 50 storylines, screenplays and dialogues. During his career, Siddiqui has ...more

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Jeyamohan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 56 Jayamohan is a writer and screenwriter.

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K. V. Subbanna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 73 (1932-2005) Kuntagodu Vibhuthi Subbanna was an acclaimed dramatist and writer in Kannada. He was the founder of the world famous NINASAM drama institute. Founded in 1949 in Heggodu, Sagara. Ninasam, under ...more

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K. V. Akshara is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
K. V. Akshara K.V. Akshara is a director,playwright and writer in the Kannada language. He is the son of the writer K.V. Subbanna. He is a prominent figure in contemporary Kannada theatre. Akshara presently ...more

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Kālidāsa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Kālidāsa was a Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist in the Sanskrit language. His floruit cannot be dated with precision, but most likely falls within ...more

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Kiran Nagarkar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 77 Kiran Nagarkar is an Indian novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and is one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. Amongst ...more

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Maithili Sharan Gupt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 78 (1886-1964) Maithilisharan Gupt was one of the most important modern Hindi poets. He is considered one among the pioneers of Khari Boli poetry and wrote in Khari Boli dialect, at a time when most Hindi ...more

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Makhanlal Chaturvedi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 79 (1889-1968) Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi, also called Panditji, was an Indian poet, writer, essayist, playwright and a journalist who is particularly remembered for his participation in India's national ...more

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Manoranjan Das is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Manoranjan Das Dec. at 90 (1923-2013) Manoranjan Das was an influential Indian dramatist, and pioneer of modernism in Oriya Literature. He was known for his experimentalism and deep socio-political awareness, who became most known ...more

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Michael Madhusudan Dutt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 49 (1824-1873) Michael Madhusudan Dutt, or Michael Madhusudan Dutta was a popular 19th-century Bengali poet and dramatist. He was born in Sagordari, on the bank of Kopotaksho River, a village in Keshabpur ...more

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Mohan Rakesh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Dec. at 47 (1925-1972) Mohan Rakesh was one of the pioneers of the Nai Kahani literary movement of the Hindi literature in the 1950s. He wrote the first modern Hindi play, Ashadh Ka Ek Din, which won a competition ...more