Marathi writer Current Affairs - 2020

Vidya Bal-Social Activist, Feminist passed away

The Veteran Feminist, Social Activist and writer passed away in private nursing home on January 30, 2020. She was known for her heroic oppressive practices involving women. She was a forefront fighter for women equality with men


In 2016, she approached Mumbai High Court demanding enforcement of law to allow women in all Hindu Religious places. Her Public Interest Litigation was against restriction of women at Shani Shingnapur temple under Maharashtra Hindu Place of Worship Act, 1956. She won the case paving way for women’s right inside the temple.

Apart from Shani Shingnapur, she has also fought several legal battles for women to enter religious places of worship.

About Vidya Bal

She worked as an editorial staff of monthly magazine Stree in 1964. Later she founded Miloon Saryajani in 1989.

She has written famous biographies namely Kamlaki and Valvantatil.

Her literary works include Sanwad, Katha Gaurichi, Tumachya Majhyasathi, Shodh Swatahacha, Aparajitanche Nihshwas.

Mahesh Elkunchwar to be honoured with META Lifetime Achievement Award

Eminent Indian playwright Mahesh Elkunchwar has been chosen for META Lifetime Achievement Award 2019. The award would be conferred on March 12 during the Mahindra Theater Festival.

Mahesh Elkunchwar

Mahesh Elkunchwar is regarded as one of the progressive playwrights of the country and is critically-acclaimed and widely-known for having experimented with a wide range of drama and is considered a powerful force in both Indian and Marathi theatre scene.

Mahesh Elkunchwar is also a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. He has over 30 plays and essays to his credit including works like ‘Sultan’, ‘Holi’, ‘Garbo’, ‘Yatanaghar’, and ‘Atmakatha’.

META Awards

The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) is aimed at applauding the finest in theatre. The META awards were instituted by the Mahindra Group with the objective of becoming a significant platform for celebrating this art.

META recognizes theatre’s varied elements like playwriting, set, costume and light designing, direction and performance. Over the 14 years since its inception, META has succeeded in setting a stage that represents the diverse interpretations of this art form as understood in various regions of the country.