Shanta Gokhale

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Shanta Gokhale
Born (1939-08-14) 14 August 1939 (age 77)
Dahanu, Thane district, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation writer, translator, journalist, theatre critic

Shanta Gokhale (born 14 August 1939) is an Indian writer, translator, journalist and theatre critic.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Dahanu in Thane district of Maharashtra, her family moved to Shivaji Park neighbourhood in Mumbai in 1941 when her father joined a newspaper, Searchlight. She did her schooling from Bombay Scottish School, Mahim.[1] At the age of 15 she left for England where also did her B. A. (Hons) in English literature from Bristol University. Returning to India, at the age of 21,[1] she did her M. A. (Hons) degree in English literature from University of Mumbai. Subsequently, she joined Xavier's Institute of Communication, Mumbai, where she studied Communications and Video Production.


Gokhale started her career published stories in various publications in the 1970s, eventually she published novels and plays. She has been formerly Arts Editor with The Times of India Mumbai.

She has written screenplay for several films and documentaries. She wrote the screenplay for the Hindi film, Haathi Ka Anda (2002) directed by Arun Khopkar for whom she has written many documentary scripts. As an actor, she appeared in the parallel cinema classic, film, Ardh Satya (1983), directed by Govind Nihlani and a 13-part TV series directed by Amol Palekar.[2]

Her daughter, Renuka Shahane is a film and television actress, who made her directorial debut, adapting Gokhale's novel, Rita Welingkar into Marathi film, Rita (2009), with her, Pallavi Joshi and Jackie Shroff in the cast[3] She published a critical study of Marathi theatre, Playwright at the Centre: Marathi Drama from 1843 to the Present in 2000.[4] As a translator she has worked on veteran actress Durga Khote's noted autobiography and published translation of several play by leading Marathi playwrights, including Mahesh Elkunchwar and Satish Alekar.


  • Avinash: the indestructible. Seagull Books. 1994. ISBN 8170461073. 
As translator
  • Satish Alekar; Shanta Gokhale (translator) (2003). Begum Barve. Seagull Books. ISBN 8170462088. 
  • Mahesh Elkunchwar; Shanta Gokhale & Manjula Padmanabhan (translation) (2004). City plays (Playscript). Seagull Books. ISBN 8170462304. 
  • Durga Khote; Shanta Gokhale (translator) (2006). I, Durga Khote: An autobiography. ISBN 0195674758. 
  • Mahesh Elkunchwar; Shanta Gokhale, Supantha Bhattacharya (translation) (2008). Collected plays of Mahesh Elkunchwar: Garbo, Desire in the rocks, Old stone mansion, Reflection, Sonata, An actor exits. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195697979. 
  • Satish Alekar; Gauri Deshpande, Urmila Bhirdikar, Alok Bhalla, Jayant Dhupkar, Pramod Kale, Shanta Gokhale (translation) (2010). Collected Plays of Satish Alekar: The Dread Departure, Deluge, the Terrorist, Dynasts, Begum Barve, Mickey and the Memsahib. Oxford University Press. ISBN 019806988X. 

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Grew up in Shivaji Park". Time Out Mumbai. 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Shanta Gokhale on Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ Rita on Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Gabrielle H. Cody; Evert Sprinchorn (2007). The Columbia encyclopedia of Modern Drama, (Vol. 1). Columbia University Press. p. 665. ISBN 0-231-14422-9.