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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 48 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 Died 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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
Died 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 81 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
Died 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 83 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 79 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
Died 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
Died 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 76 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 55 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
Died 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 76 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
Died 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
Died 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 Died 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
Died 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
Died 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

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Mohit Chattopadhyay is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 78 (1934-2012) Mohit Chattopadhyaya was a Bengali Indian playwright, screenwriter, dramatist and poet. He was a leading figure in modern Indian drama. Mohit Chottopadhya died on 12 April 2012. He had been ...more

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Niranjan Pal is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 70 (1889-1959) Niranjan Pal was a playwright, screenwriter and director.

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Partap Sehgal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Partap Sehgal age 63

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Partap Sharma is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 72 (1939-2011) Partap Sharma was an Indian playwright, novelist, author of books for children, commentator, actor and documentary film-maker.

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Phani Sarma is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 60 (1910-1970) Phani Sarma was an Assamese theatre actor, playwright, film actor and director. Beginning as a stage actor, he appeared in the first film ever made in Assamese cinema, Joymati. in 1935. He acted ...more

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Poile Sengupta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Poile Sengupta age 70 Poile Sengupta was born in 1948 as Ambika Gopalakrishnan. She is one of the foremost Indian writers in English especially well known as a playwright and writer for children. Her formal first ...more

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Rabindranath Tagore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 80 (1861-1941) Rabindranath Tagore, also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, sobriquet Gurudev, was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in ...more

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Raghunath Murmu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 76 (1905-1981) Pandit Raghunath Murmu was the creator of the script known as "Ol Chiki" used for the Santali language. "Ol Cemet & Parsi Poha " are his premier book in OL CHIKI script ...more

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Rahul Sankrityayan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 70 (1893-1963) Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan, who is called the Father of Hindi Travel literature, was one of the most widely travelled scholars of India, spending forty-five years of his life on travels away ...more

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Rajinder Singh Bedi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 69 (1915-1984) Rajinder Singh Bedi was an Urdu writer of progressive writers' movement, playwright, who later became a Hindi film director, screenwriter and dialogue writer. As a screenwriter and dialogue ...more

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Rambriksh Benipuri is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 69 (1899-1968) Ramavriksha Benipuri, was a Hindi writer. He was born in a small village named Benipur in the Indian state of Bihar. He had spent eight years in prison for fighting for India's independence. ...more

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Ramesh Mehta is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Ramesh Mehta Died at 89 (1923-2012) Rameshwar Nath "Ramesh" Mehta, is an Indian playwright, director, actor and translator.

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Sachin Gupta is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 40 Sachin Gupta is an Indian film Producer,Writer and Director.He produces films under Chilsag Motion Pictures & also an Artistic Director of Chilsag Chillies Theatre Company.

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Sajjad Zaheer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 68 (1905-1973) Syed Sajjad Zaheer was a renowned Urdu writer, Marxist thinker and revolutionary.

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Shanta Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 85 (1917-2002) Shanta Gandhi was an Indian theatre director, dancer and playwright. She was a founder-member of the central ballet troupe of the Indian People's Theatre Association, and toured the country ...more

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Shiv Kumar Batalvi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 37 (1936-1973) Shiv Kumar Batalvi was a Punjabi language poet, who was most known for his romantic poetry, noted for its heightened passion, pathos, separation and lover's agony He became the youngest ...more

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T. P. Kailasam is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 62 (1884-1946) Thyagaraja Paramasiva Kailasam, was a playwright and prominent writer of Kannada literature. His contribution to Kannada theatrical comedy earned him the title Prahasana Prapitamaha, "the ...more

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Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 81 (1916-1997) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair was a Nagercoilite born Malayali Indian poet, playwright, script writer, lyricist, orator, film director and actor, though he is best known as an actor in Malayalam ...more

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Thoppil Bhasi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Thoppil Bhasi Died at 68 (1924-1992) Thoppil Bhasi is a screenwriter.

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Vijay Tendulkar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 80 (1928-2008) 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 ...more

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Y. Gee. Mahendra is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
age 68 Yechan Gunja Mahendran, popularly known as Y. G. Mahendran or Y. Gee. Mahendra, is an Indian dramatist, actor, singer playwright and comedian from the state of Tamil Nadu. He has acted in a ...more

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Y. G. Parthasarathy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Playwrights from India
Died at 64 (1916-1980) Yechan Gunja Parthasarathy was a Tamil playwright, drama troupe owner and film actor who founded the drama troupe United Amateur Artistes along with his friend Padmanabhan in 1952. His wife ...more