April 10, 1940|
Mumbai, Bombay Presidency, British India
|Notable awards||Sahitya Academy Award|
Varsha Adalja, (Hindi: वर्षा अदालजा Gujarati: વર્ષા અડાલજા; born April 10, 1940 in Mumbai), full name Varsha Mahendra Adalja, is a Gujarati feminist novelist, playwright and negotiator who won the 1995 Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati language for his novel Ansar. She is also a dramatist, writing for stage plays, screenplays, and radio.
She was born in 1940 to Gujarati novelist Gunvantrai Acharya. She did her B.A. in Gujarati and Sanskrit from Mumbai University in 1960. Later she did her M.A. in Sociology in 1962. She studied drama at National School of Drama, Delhi. She has produced an award-winning television film on leprosy (Ansaar).
Varsha Adalja started her literary career as an editor of Sudha, a women's weekly from 1973–1976, and later with Gujarati Femina, another women's magazine from 1989–90. She hold an executive office with Gujarati Sahitya Parishad since 1978. She has explored lepers’ colonies, prison life and has worked among adivasis.
- Sahitya Akademi Award (1995)
- Soviet Land Nehru Award (1976) 
- Gujarati Sahitya Academy Award (1977, 1979, 1980) 
- Gujarati Sahitya Parishad Award (1972, 1975)
- Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak (2005)
- "Varsha Adalja, 1940-". New Delhi: The Library of Congress Office.
- Daksha Vyas; Candrakant Topivala. "સાહિત્યસર્જક: વર્ષા અડાલજા" [Writer: Varsha Adalja] (in Gujarati). Gujarati Sahitya Parishad.
- "Sanskrit Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007". Sahitya Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 2008.
- "Varsha Adalja visits Tameside". Tameside: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. April 15, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- Susie J. Tharu; Ke Lalita (1993). Women Writing in India: The twentieth century. Feminist Press at CUNY. pp. 465–466. ISBN 978-1-55861-029-3.
- Kartik Chandra Dutt (1 January 1999). Who's who of Indian Writers, 1999: A-M. Sahitya Akademi. p. 13. ISBN 978-81-260-0873-5.
- List of Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Gujarati – List of Gujarati language writers who have won the Sahitya Akademi Award.
|Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Gujarati