Pragji Dossa



Shri Pragji Jamnadas Dossa was born on 7 October 1907 in Mumbai. He has written more than a hundred plays for children in Gujarati, many of which have been translated into Indian and foreign languages including Hindi, Marathi, Sindhi, English, Czech and Russian. His play Spoilt Child, produced in Russian by the Gorky Theatre in the USSR, had a run of 300 performances at Tashkent and Moscow, and was also staged in Britain, the United States, Sri Lanka, Burma and East Africa. His other popular plays include Mangal Mandir, Poonam ni Raat, Agantuk, Ghar no Divo and Ek Andheri Raat. Shri Dossa has conducted a number of work- shops on children’s theatre in India and other countries. He attended the Afro-Asian Writers' Conferences held in Tashkent (1958), Cairo (1962) and Beirut (1967), and the Assitej World Children’s Theatre Congress in Berlin in 1975. Shri Dossa has received several awards for his work in children’s theatre including the Gujarat Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1980, the Soviet Land Nehru Award in 1983, and the Marathi Natya Parishad Award in 1989. Shri Pragji Dossa receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a playwright.