Vasant Shankar Kanetkar

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Vasant Shankar Kanetkar (March 20, 1920 - January 31, 2000) was a Marathi playwright and novelist from Maharashtra, India.

He was born in the town of Rahimatpur in Satara District, Maharashtra. His father, Shankar Keshav Kanetkar, was a poet who wrote poetry under the pen name Kavi Girish and was a founding member of a circle of poets named Ravikiran Mandal.

List of plays[edit]

The following is a partial list of Kanetkar's plays:

  • Devanche Manorajya
  • Mala kahi Sangaychay!
  • Beiman (बेइमान)
  • Vedyache Ghar Unhat (वेड्याचे घर ऊन्हात)
  • Prema, Tujha Ranga Kasa? (प्रेमा, तुझा रंग कसा?)
  • Ashroonchi Zhali Phule (अश्रूंची झाली फुले)
  • Raigadala Jewha Jag Yete (रायगडाला जेंव्हा जाग येते)
  • Himalayachi Sawali (हिमालयाची सावली)
  • Wishawrukshachi Chhaya (विषवृक्षाची छाया)
  • Lekure Udanda Jahali (लेकुरे उदंड जाहली)
  • Premachya Gawa Jawe (प्रेमाच्या गावा जावे)
  • Jithe Gawatas Bhale Phutatat (जिथे गवतास भाले फुटतात)
  • Suryachi Pille(सूर्याची पिल्ले)
  • Ithe Oshalala Mrutyu (इथे ओशाळला मृत्यु)
  • Matsyagandha (मत्स्यगंधा)
  • Akhercha sawal
  • Rang Umalatya Manache (रंग उमलत्या मनाचे )
  • Kasturimrug (कस्तुरीमृग )
  • Fakta Ekach Karan (फक्त एकच कारण )
  • Garudzep (गरुडझेप) (कादंबरीकार रणजीत देसाई यांच्याबरोबर)
  • Dewancha Manorajya
  • Mira Madhura
  • Nal Damayanti
  • Mansala Dankha Maticha
  • Ek Roop-Anek Rang
  • Wadal Mansalataya
  • Madanbadha
  • Sonchapha
  • Aakasmithi
  • Sukha Pahata
  • Tuza Tu Wadhavi Raja
  • Mala Kahi Sangayachaya
  • Ithe Oshalala Mrityu
  • Gharat Phulala Parijat
  • Goshta Janmantarichi
  • Gaath Aahe Mazyashi
  • Kadhitari Kothetari
  • Pankhana Odh Pawalanchi
  • Gaganbhedi

One Act Plays

  • Vyasancha Kayakalpa
  • Gad Gela Pan Sinha Jaga Zala
  • Anandibai Anibani Puka Ratat
  • Madrashine Kela Marathi
  • Zende-Patil Maqhavidyalayat
  • Divyasamor Andher

Kanetkar's plays covered a wide range of subject matters. His favorite subject matters were the life of warrior-king Shivaji from Maharashtra, the cultural reformation in late nineteenth-century Maharashtra, human relationships, and the decline of morality in post-independence India.

List of Novels[edit]

Kanetkar wrote four novels.

  • Ghar (घर)
  • Pankha (पंख)
  • Porka (पोरका)
  • Tethe Chal Raani (तेथे चल राणी) (Translation of Jean-Paul Sartre's "Les Jeux Sont Faites")

Recognition[edit]

In 1970, Kanetkar received a Filmfare Award for Best Story for the Hindi movie Aansoo Ban Gaye Phool, the story having been an adaptation of his Marathi play Ashrunchi Jhali Phule.

He presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in 1988.

Kanetkar received a Padma Shri award in 1992 for his literary accomplishments.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.