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Mahesh Dattani

Mahesh  Dattani Mahesh Dattani (Director) is a playwright, screen writer, filmmaker and stage director with several scripts and productions to his credit. As a writer, he has been awarded the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award in 1998. He has directed and scripted critically acclaimed films like Mango Souffle and Morning Raga. The script of Morning Raga has been archived by the Academy of Motion Pictures, USA. His screenplays, along with his stage plays have been published by Penguin. Dattani is also a workshop facilitator for several writing and acting courses,  having conducted workshops in many parts of the world, most notably at Portland State University in Oregon, USA. He has collaborated with international theatre companies like Border Crossings, most recently at Shanghai with Chinese, Swedish and English actors. He also writes scripts for BBC Radio 4.

His written works include internationally acclaimed plays like Dance Like a Man, Final Solutions,  Thirty Days in September and Bravely Fought the Queen among others. His current works include a stage adaptation of Paolo Coelho‘s bestseller classic The Alchemist and also the script of Brief Candle, directed by Lillete Dubey.

What the international press say about Dattani's works:

powerful and disturbing'  - New York Times

A playwright of world stature' – Wasafiri

One of India's most serious and well known playwrights writing on contemporary Indian themes' - The international Herald Tribune

(Morning Raga) had none of the trappings of Bollywood cinema...yet told with music...'  The New York Times

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