Kusum Kumar

Born in 1939 in Delhi, Shrimati Kusum Kumar has contributed significantly to playwriting in Hindi, essentially for the stage. After her postgraduation in Hindi Literature, she obtained her PhD in dramaturgy for her thesis titled Natya Chintan from Panjab University in 1975. She worked for the Delhi University for a brief period of two years, and has thence devoted herself to be a full-time writer. Shrimati Kumar has written eight full-length plays in Hindi. Three of her critically acclaimed plays Suno Shefali (questioning caste system), Dilli Ooncha Sunti Hai (a tragic satire which has so far seven editions to its credit), and Raavanleela (a musical) have been particularly popular with the directors and audiences. These plays have been staged all over India in major cities, including Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata and Mumbai. Her other significant plays include Om Kranti Kranti, Sanskarko Namaskar, Pawan Chaturvedi ki Diary, Mada Mitti and Lashkar Chowk, and Prashna Kaal. She has also written ten short and one-act plays and several street plays. Besides plays, she has also penned novels and published poetry collections. Shrimati Kumar has received several honours for her work including the Sahitya Kriti Award conferred by the Hindi Akademi. Shrimati Kusum Kumar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to playwriting in Hindi.