It is not easy to describe Vijay Tendulakar (January 6, 1028 – May 19, 2008) in a few words or in a limited scope of this webpage. He was a man of superb intellect who has worked as a litereaty essayist, dramatist, script writer both for television and movies, political journalist. He started his career in a press in Mumbai at the age of 16. He started working as a journalist in 1948 at the age of 20. He started writing stories and dramas from his experience he as a journalist. All his characters are based on real life, as the way he viewed them which started a revolutionary change in Marathi theatre of his time. He wrote his first play “Grihasthi” in 1955. And there was never a comeback. He continued his writings and his work as jounalist with immmense dexterity. He wrote a total of 52 plays, numerous columns as a journalist, novels and stories. Some of his best written plays are “Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe” (1968), “Ghasiram Kotwal” (1972), “Sakharam Binder” (1972), “Kamla” (1981), Kanyadaan. His plays were very distinguished in their themes and always portrayed castism and other social problems, political upheavels, and economic discrepancies, and corruption. His plays made famous all over the country and have been translated from Marathi and staged in many regional languages. “Kamla” is about the involvement of the political leaders and cops in the business of trading women. In his eventful life, Tendulkar worked as subeditor for “Maratha” daily newspaper “Dainik Loksatwa”, wrote numerous columns for “Maharashtra Times”, “Manush”. He directed the “Priya Tendulkar Talk Show” for her daughter Priya Tendulkar to host the show in the 80s which the best known talk show in the Doordarshan for all times. He wrote scripts for many films including Shyam Benegal’s “Nishant”, Govind Nihalni’s “Aakrosh”.
Tendulakar firmly believed in the freedom of the human mind. His literary works were always there to reflect the injustice of our society. He has fought against any social malpractice both inside the courthouse and outside. He has been insulted and strongly critisized several times for his boldness of expressions against social and political stagnancy. But that was not all. There was always a large number of audience who appreciated his works. Tendulkar received numerous achievements in his lifetime. In 1971 he recieved the “Sangeet Natak Academy Award“, in 1992 he was awarded the honorary D. Lit by the RabindraBharti University, in 1994 he receieved the “Academy” award for his lifetime contributions, in 1999 he won the “Maharashtra Gaurav Award“.
To portray the life of an enormous personality like Vijay Tendulkar is beyond the scope of this small page in our little website. And we would dare not to do that. We would just pay our humble tribute to this wonderful warrior of truth and justice on his 81st birthday.
Write Up by: Shrabanti Basu