Varsha Adalja

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Varsha Adalja
Born (1940-04-10)April 10, 1940
Mumbai, Bombay Presidency, British India
Occupation Novelist
Language Gujarati
Nationality Indian
Ethnicity Indian
Citizenship Indian
Notable works Ansar
Notable awards Sahitya Academy Award

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Varsha Adalja, (Hindi: वर्षा अदालजा Gujarati: વર્ષા અડાલજા; born April 10, 1940 in Mumbai),[1][2] full name Varsha Mahendra Adalja,[1][2] is a Gujarati feminist novelist, playwright and negotiator who won the 1995 Sahitya Akademi Award for Gujarati language for his novel Ansar.[1][2][3] She is also a dramatist, writing for stage plays, screenplays, and radio.[4]


She was born in 1940 to Gujarati novelist Gunvantrai Acharya. She did her B.A. in Gujarati and Sanskrit from Mumbai University in 1960.[2] Later she did her M.A. in Sociology in 1962.[1][2] She studied drama at National School of Drama, Delhi. She has produced an award-winning television film on leprosy (Ansaar).[1][5][6]

Literary career[edit]

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.[1][6] She has explored lepers’ colonies, prison life and has worked among adivasis.[4]


She has penned 40 books including 22 novels and seven volumes of short stories.[4][5]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Varsha Adalja, 1940-". New Delhi: The Library of Congress Office. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Daksha Vyas; Candrakant Topivala. "સાહિત્યસર્જક: વર્ષા અડાલજા" [Writer: Varsha Adalja] (in Gujarati). Gujarati Sahitya Parishad. 
  3. ^ a b "Sanskrit Sahitya Akademi Awards 1955-2007". Sahitya Akademi Official website. Archived from the original on 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Varsha Adalja visits Tameside". Tameside: Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. April 15, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b 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. 
  6. ^ a b 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. 

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Ramesh Parekh
Recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award winners for Gujarati
Succeeded by
Himanshi Shelat