Mahesh Dattani, born in Bangalore on 7 August 1958, studied in Baldwin’s High School and St. Joseph’s College of Arts and Science, Bangalore.He has worked as a copywriter in an advertising firm and subsequently with his father in the family business.
His theatre group Playpen was formed in 1984, and he has directed several plays for them, ranging from classical Greek to contemporary works.
In 1986, he wrote his first full-length play, Where There’s a Will, and from 1995, he has been working full-time in theatre.
His major plays are Dance Like a Man, 30 Days in September, Bravely Fought the Queen,Final Solutions(directed by Arvind Gaur in hindi),Tara, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai.
Dattani is also a film-maker and his films have been screened in India and abroad to critical and public acclaim.His film Dance Like a Man has won the award for the Best Picture in English awarded by the National Panorama
.In 1998, Dattani won the Sahitya Akademi award for his book of plays Final Solutions and Other Plays, published by East–West Books Chennai, thus becoming the first English language playwright to win the award.
Dattani teaches theatre courses at the summer sessions programme of Portland State University, Oregon, USA, and conducts workshops regularly at his studio and elsewhere. He also writes plays for BBC Radio 4.
Sahitya Akademi award citation-
Dattani’s work probes tangled attitudes in contemporary India towards communal differences, consumerism and gender… a brilliant contribution to Indian drama in English.
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