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Famous Playwrights from India

Updated June 14, 2019 27.8k views47 items

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.

Use this list of renowned Indian playwrights to discover some new playwrights that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
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    Abhijat Joshi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Abhijat Joshi

    Age: 50

    BirthplaceAhmedabad, India

    Abhijat Joshi (born 1969) is an Indian academic and screenwriter particularly known for his... more on Wikipedia
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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)

    BirthplaceAnantapur district, India

    Bellary Raghava (Telugu: బళ్ళారి రాఘవ; born Tadipatri Raghavacharyulu; 2 August 1880 – 16... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bharatendu Harishchandra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Bharatendu Harishchandra

    Dec. at 35 (1850-1885)

    BirthplaceVaranasi, India

    Bhartendu Harishchandra (9 September 1850 – 6 January 1885) is known as the father of modern... more on Wikipedia
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    Bhisham Sahni is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Bhisham Sahni

    Age: Died at 88 (1915-2003)

    BirthplaceRawalpindi, Pakistan

    Bhisham Sahni (8 August 1915 – 11 July 2003) was a Hindi writer, playwright, and actor, most... more on Wikipedia
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    Birendra Krishna Bhadra is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra

    Dec. at 86 (1905-1991)

    BirthplaceKolkata, India

    Birendra Krishna Bhadra (Bengali: বীরেন্দ্রকৃষ্ণ ভদ্র) (1905–1991) was a radio broadcaster,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    C. V. Raman Pillai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    C. V. Raman Pillai

    Dec. at 64 (1858-1922)

    BirthplaceThiruvananthapuram, India

    Channankara Velayudhan Pillai Raman Pillai (19 May 1858 – 21 March 1922), also known as C. V.,... more on Wikipedia
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    Chandrashekhara Kambara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    BirthplaceGhodageri

    Chandrashekhara Kambara (born 2 January 1937) is a prominent Indian poet, playwright,... more on Wikipedia
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    Chilakamarti Lakshmi Narasimha is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Chilakamarti Lakshmi Narasimham

    Dec. at 79 (1867-1946)

    BirthplaceKhandavalli

    Chilakamarti Lakshmi Narasimham (26 September 1867 – 17 June 1946) was an Indian playwright,... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Cho Ramaswamy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    BirthplaceMylapore, India

    Cho Ramaswamy (5 October 1934 – 7 December 2016), was an Indian actor, comedian, character... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Girish Karnad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    BirthplaceMaharashtra, Eurasia, Chhattisgarh, India, Raigarh district

    Girish Karnad (19 May 1938 – 10 June 2019) was an Indian actor, film director, Kannada writer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Guru Thakur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Guru Thakur

    Guru Thakur (Marathi: गुरु ठाकूर) is a contemporary, Marathi poet, lyricist, script writer,... more on Wikipedia
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    Habib Tanvir is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Habib Tanvir

    Dec. at 86 (1923-2009)

    BirthplaceRaipur, Chhattisgarh, India

    Habib Tanvir (1 September 1923 – 8 June 2009) was one of the most popular Indian Urdu, Hindi... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Huilgol Narayana Rao is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Huilgol Narayana Rao

    Dec. at 87 (1884-1971)

    BirthplaceKarnataka, Eurasia, India, Gadag district

    Huilgol Narayana Rao (Kannada: ಹುಯಿಲಗೋಳ ನಾರಾಯಣರಾಯ) (October 4, 1884 - July 1971) was a popular... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Javed Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    BirthplaceIndia

    Javed Siddiqi (Urdu: جاوید صدیقی‎ Hindi: जावेद सिद्दीकी) (13 January 1942) is a Hindi and Urdu... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jeyamohan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Jeyamohan

    Age: 58

    BirthplaceNagercoil, India

    B. Jeyamohan '; born 22 April 1962) is a Tamil and Malayalam writer and literary critic from... more on Wikipedia
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    K. V. Subbanna is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    K. V. Subbanna

    Dec. at 73 (1932-2005)

    BirthplaceHeggodu, India

    Kuntagodu Vibhuthi Subbanna (20 February 1932 – 16 July 2005) was an acclaimed dramatist and... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Kālidāsa is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Kālidāsa

    Kālidāsa was a Classical Sanskrit writer, widely regarded as the greatest poet and dramatist... more on Wikipedia
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    Kiran Nagarkar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Kiran Nagarkar (born 1942) is an Indian novelist, playwright, film and drama critic and... more on Wikipedia
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    Maithili Sharan Gupt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Maithili Sharan Gupt

    Dec. at 78 (1886-1964)

    BirthplaceChirgaon, India

    Maithili Sharan Gupt (3 August 1886 – 12 December 1964) was one of the most important modern... more on Wikipedia
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    Makhanlal Chaturvedi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Makhanlal Chaturvedi

    Dec. at 79 (1889-1968)

    BirthplaceBhopal division, Eurasia, Madhya Pradesh, Hoshangabad district, India

    Pandit Makhanlal Chaturvedi (4 April 1889 – 30 January 1968), also called Pandit ji, was an... more on Wikipedia
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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)

    BirthplaceCuttack district, Eurasia, Odisha, India, East India

    Manoranjan Das (10 March 1923 – 17 February 2013) was an influential Indian dramatist, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Michael Madhusudan Dutt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Michael Madhusudan Dutt

    Dec. at 49 (1824-1873)

    BirthplaceJessore District, Bangladesh

    Michael Madhusudan Dutt, or Michael Madhusudan Dutta (Bengali: মাইকেল মধুসূদন দত্ত (Maikel... more on Wikipedia
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    Mohan Rakesh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Playwrights from India

    Mohan Rakesh

    Dec. at 47 (1925-1972)

    BirthplaceAmritsar, India

    Mohan Rakesh (मोहन राकेश; 8 January 1925 – 3 January 1972) was one of the pioneers of the Nai... more on Wikipedia
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