Vaikom Mohammed Basheer

Vaikom Mohammed Basheer

K Satchidanandan Photo courtesy http://onlinestore.dcbooks.com/author/vaikom-muhammad-basheer Vaikom Mohammed Basheer (1908-1994) belongs to the democratic tradition in Indian literature, a living tradition that can be traced back to the Indian tribal lore including the Vedas and the folktales and fables collected in Somdeva’s Panchatantra and  Kathasaritsagara, Gunadhya’s Brihatkatha, Kshemendra’s Brihatkathamanjari, the Vasudeva Hindi and the Jatakas. This…

Habib Tanvir, Citizen of the World

Habib Tanvir, Citizen of the World

Sudhanva Deshpande Habib Tanvir as the Rajpurohit in his signature play, Charandas Chor, Modinagar, Rajasthan, October 2002. Photo by Sudhanva Deshpande. Habib Tanvir (1923-2009), India’s pre-eminent theatre personality, is inextricably linked with Naya Theatre, the theatre company he founded in 1959 with his wife Moneeka Misra Tanvir. His career was characterised by astonishing output and creativity; in…

They Feared His Words: A Tribute to M. M. Kalburgi

They Feared His Words: A Tribute to M. M. Kalburgi

K. Satchidanandan Photo courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._M._Kalburgi “You fear words. Men who fear words exult in human blood. You can silence me, but you cannot silence truth. Truth and fire are ever inextinguishable. They will always keep burning somewhere. One spark is enough to create a conflagration.” These words, spoken by an untouchable old man in M….

Bhisham Sahni

Bhisham Sahni

Bhisham Sahni (1915-2003) was one of the most well known and celebrated writers of post-independent India. While he was also known for being a professor, an essayist, translator, editor, dramatist,  theatre Director, actor, social and political activist, it is  his fiction that has made the most significant contribution to Hindi literature. Proficient in Punjabi, Hindi,…