Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar

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  • Sudeshna Kar Barua (University of Calcutta)

When a ‘writer’ writes his first short story at the age of six and a play five years later, he is considered a child prodigy. And when a man gains enormous success as an author, a translator, and as a writer of screenplays and dialogues, and also receives some of his country’s most prestigious awards for his achievements, he is hailed a genius. Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar (1928-2008), belonging to the state of Maharashtra in western India, was both. He began writing in 1934 when just six, and in 1939 he wrote a play which he also directed and acted in. In his career spanning nearly half a century, Vijay Tendulkar has written about thirty full-length plays, seven one-acts, six collections of children’s plays, four of short stories,…

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Kar Barua, Sudeshna. "Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 March 2013
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