महेश एलकुंचवार

Born in 1939 in the village of Parwa, Maharashtra, Shri Mahesh Elkunchwar is among the younger playwrights of the ’60s who gave new direction to theatre in Maharashtra. His work, staged regularly from 1968, has been at the forefront of the progressive movement led by Rangayan, a group that included the directors Vijaya Mehta, Arvind and Sulabha Deshpande, playwright Vijay Tendulkar, and actor Shreeram Lagoo. Shri Mahesh Elkunchwar belongs to this theatrical context, but has expanded its concerns and conventions for his interpretation of social and individual reality. His own voice and concerns have changed over the years, the ‘modernism’ of the early plays — Sultan, Holi and Garbo-yielding to the introspection of Wada Chirebandi and the recent Atmakatha. Some of his other plays are Yatanaghar, Vasanakand , Party, and Raktapushp. Wada Chirebandi is regarded as a significant contribution to modem Indian drama, and has been successfully staged in Marnthi, Hindi, and Bengali; it has also been filmed for television.
Shri Mahesh Elkunchwar has scripted Wada Chirebandi, Holi, and Party for films and has acted in Govind Nihalani’s film Akrosh. Several of his plays have appeared in English and Hindi translations.
Shri Mahesh Elkunchwar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a playwright.