Born in 1928 in Bombay, Shri Vijay Tendulkar is one of the most eminent playwrights of our country. He attracted attention in Indian theatre first with his Shanta, Court Chalu Ahe, which was soon translated from Marathi and produced in several Indian languages besides English. His play SANGEET NATAK AKADEMI FELLOWS 25 Ghashiram Kotwal, which employed indigenous theatrical idiom, became an important landmark and was performed in many parts of the world. His other significant plays include Sakharam Binder, Gidhare, Ashi Pakhare Yeti, Kamla, and Kanyadan which have all been translated and performed in several Indian languages. His plays deal boldly with contemporary social issues. Vijay Tendulkar has also written screenplays and dialogues for a number of feature films in Marathi and Hindi, including Ardha Satya, Manthan, Aakrosh and Aaghat. He is President of the Avishkar Theatre Group, Mumbai, and has held positions in the National School of Drama. His many awards and honours include the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya Award (1969), the Sahitya Akademi Award (1965), the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1970), the National Film Award for Manthan (1977), the Padma Bhushan (1984), the Kalidas Samman and Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar (1990) and the Saraswati Samman (1993). For his contribution to Indian theatre, Shri Vijay Tendulkar is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.