Swadesh Deepak

Born in 1942 in Rawalpindi in undivided Punjab, Shri Swadesh Deepak took his Masters in English and Hindi from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has taught English literature to postgraduate students at G.M.N. College in Ambala all through his professional career. Since the 1970s, Shri Swadesh Deepak has grown in stature as a writer of fiction and drama in Hindi. He has to his credit eight collections of short stories, two novels — Number 57 Squadron and Mayapot — and five plays and scripts for telefilms. He is best known for his play Court Martial (1991), which has been widely performed in India under the direction of Sarvashri Ranjeet Kapoor, Usha Ganguli, Nadira Zaheer Babbar, Arvind Gaur, B.M. Shah, and Kewal Dhaliwal. In Bengali translation, Court Martial has been staged in Bangladesh. The play has been translated into Punjabi, Marathi, Malayalam and English, and has had about two thousand perfor- mances to date. Shri Swadesh Deepak’s other plays include Natak Bal Bhagwan (1982), Jalta Hua Rath (1997), Sabse Udas Kavita (1998), and Kaal Kothri (2000). Shri Swadesh Deepak has received several awards for his work conferred by the Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, and West Bengal. The Government of India has also bestowed a Best Book award on him in 1982. Shri Swadesh Deepak recei- ves the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a playwright.