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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
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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 of English at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio since 2003. ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: India, Ahmedabad

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

Age: Died at 66 (1880-1946)

Birthplace: Anantapur district, India

Bharatendu Harishchandra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
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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 a trendsetter in Hindi prose-writing. He was an author of several dramas, life sketches and travel accounts; he used new media like reports, publications, letters to the editor, translations and literary works to shape public opinion. Writing under the pen name "Rasa," Harishchandra represented the agonies of the people, country's poverty, dependency, inhuman exploitation, the unrest of the middle class and the urge for the progress of the country. He was an influential Hindu "traditionalist," using ...more

Age: Died at 35 (1850-1885)

Birthplace: Varanasi, India

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Bhisham Sahni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
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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 the Padma Bhushan for literature in 1998, and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002. He was the younger brother of the noted Hindi film actor, Balraj Sahni. ...more

Age: Died at 88 (1915-2003)

Birthplace: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

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