Born on 21 November 1952 in Sawantwadi, Maharashtra, Shri Shafaat Khan is a renowned Marathi playwright and theatre director. A Science graduate from the Mumbai University, he has taught theatre at the Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai.
As a playwright, Shri Khan is considered to be a satirist. He has written around twelve full-length plays including Gardit garditla, Mumbaiche Kavle (translated into Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Kannada), Kisse (translated into Marathi and Hindi), Bhumiti cha Farce, Rahile Door Ghar Majhe, Shobhayatra (translated into Hindi, English, Marathi, Gujarati and Bengali), Timepaas, Popat Panchi, Sare Pravasi Ghadi Che, Gandhi Adva Yeto, Dry Day, besides writing around six short plays such as Ani Vashya Premat Padla, Ka, Ma, Kahur, and Love Story. Shri Khan has also translated and adapted Dario Fo’s play into Marathi titled Police Nama, and Girish Karnad’s Nag Mandala. He is credited with starting the theatre groups ‘Theatre’ in 1978 and ‘Theatre X’ in 2008; both of the institutions have produced many experimental plays. He has also organized many theatre festivals especially Sufala Chashak, which was a one-act drama competition; and the Rashtriya Maharang Parishad, 2014 for the University of Mumbai. He has presented numerous papers on theatre and has also been visiting faculty at a number of institutions.
Many institutions have felicitated him for his contribution to theatre as a playwright. The Government of Maharashtra felicitated him in 1997, and 1999.
Shri Shafaat Khan receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a playwright.