Rajeev Naik, the author of eleven plays and five translations, as well as a short story writer, speaks to Souradeep Roy on the sidelines of a theatre festival organised by Ebong Amra, at Satkhunia, in the Burdwan district of West Bengal. In the first half of the interview, he recounts the protest led by several writers from Maharastra who returned their state Sahitya Akademi awards in 2015.
In the second part of the interview he discusses the censorship law in Maharashtra; the paucity of translations among Indian languages apart from English; and contemporary writing in Marathi. He says that the Marathi short story is the most exciting form in the Marathi language now.
Watch our interview with the Marathi playwright and novelist Makarand Sathe here.
Listen to Rajeev Naik’s talk “Is my art of playwrighting dying?” here.