Shanta Gokhale

Shanta Gokhale

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  • Name:
  • Shanta Gokhale
  • Born:
  • August 14, 1939

Shanta Gokhale Biography

Shanta Gokhale is an Indian writer, translator, journalist, playwright and theatre critic, based in Maharashtra. She has worked as a public relations executive at Glaxo Laboratories, and also as a part-time teacher at Elphinstone College. She has published stories and novels in English and Marathi languages. In 2018, she released an anthology of her writings over the decades, titled The Engaged Observer. Rita Welinkar is her published novel, and Avinash: the indestructible – her play. She has translated numerous works, mostly biographies of celebrities belonging to different fields of lives. She appeared in Bollywood classic, film, Ardh Satya (1983), and in a 13-part TV series directed by Amol Palekar.


Shanta Gokhale was born in Dahanu in Thane district of Maharashtra on 14 August 1939. When she was two years old, her family relocated to Shivaji Park in Mumbai, where her father worked as a journalist. After schooling at the age of 15, she moved to England for higher studies. After graduating in English literature from Bristol University, she returned to Mumbai in 21 and did her masters at University of Mumbai. After studies she joined Xavier's Institute of Communication, Mumbai, where she studied Communications and Video Production.


As a writer she started off with short stories, and later moved to novels. She published her stories in in both English and Marathi in different publications. She published her first book, Rita Welinkar, in Marathi. Her writing career was supported by Nissim Ezekiel, well-known writer. She also wrote screenplays for several films and documentaries, apart from plays. She scripted 2011 Marathi film, Ti Ani Itar. She translated some of her Marathi books in English since 1990s. Actress Renuka Shahane is her daughter.


Published: March 15, 2020

Updated: March 15, 2020

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