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country of citizenship: India, British India, Dominion of India
language of expression: Marathi
occupation: linguist, screenwriter, writer, translator, journalist
award received: National Film Award for Best Screenplay, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Bhushan, Jawarharlal Nehru Fellowship, Saraswati Samman
Vijay Dhondopant Tendulkar (6 January 1928 – 19 May 2008) 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 Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghāshirām Kotwāl (1972), and Sakhārām Binder (1972). Many of Tendulkar's plays derived inspiration from real-life incidents or social upheavals, which provide clear light on harsh realities. He has provided guidance to students studying "play writing" in US universities. Tendulkar had been a highly influential dramatist and theatre personality in Mahārāshtra for over five decades.
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