Literary Icon Vijay Tendulkar Passes Away

May 20th, 2008 - 8:25 am ICT by admin  

By Zameer Puranik
Vijay Tendulkar Pune / Mumbai, India (19 May 2008): World renowned Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar breathed his last today morning in a private hospital in Pune. He was 80. He was suffering from myasthenia gravis, a debilitating muscular disorder from the last few days. His plays were translated and staged in almost all the major languages of the world. His remarks in the aftermath the communal carnage in Gujrat that if he had a pistol, he would shoot Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’, caused strong reactions from Modi’s Hindu Nationalist Party, BKP, however his reaction increased great pressure on the then governments to take stern actions against the Gujrat Government.

A great social critique, thinker and a true socialist whose opinions always not only shaken the literary world but the political circles. He was one of the few people from the Asian literary world who much contributed in social transformations. Few years before when whole Gujrat was burning in Hindu dominated Hindu – Muslim riots, he was the first person who publicly wished to shoot the Gujrat chief minister Narendra Modi for his support to Hindu fundamentalism.

The socialist playwright was very much in controversy either by his remarks or because of his plays. In 1972, he wrote his most controversial play ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ which was greatly opposed by Hindu fundamentalist. The play elaborates how the political power exploits the person when it needs and how the same power abolishes the person when it explored it at large. Though the theme was based on Peshwa’s empire, which ruled almost half of India in eighteenth century; the theme can be even applicable to present situation of America & Talibaan.

His another controversial play Sakharam Binder neatly handles man-woman relationship in South – Asia. It was also one of the most famous drama by late Vijay Tendulkar. The play was greatly appreciated by critics world over. The play was banned in India in early 70s, was his most famous and influential drama.

In his writing career of more than a half century, Tendulkar has written 27 full-length plays and 25 one-act plays. Tendulkar has translated nine novels, two biographies, and five plays by other authors. He also wrote number of plays for children. His famous screenplays includes well acclaimed Hindi movies like Nishānt (1974), Ākrosh (1980), Ardh Satya (1984), Sāmanā (”Confrontation”) (1975), Simhāasan (”Throne”) (1979), and Umbarthā (”The Threshold”) (1981).

As per last wish of Late Tendulkar, his last rites were performed today in very simple manner, without any religious traditions and media was requested to not to take footage of the last rites.

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