Popular Marathi playwright Vijay Tendulkar died this morning at his
residence in Pune.
The 80-year-old playwright went through treatment at Prayag
Hospital in Pune for five weeks. He was suffering from myasthenia
gravis, a neuromuscular disease leading to fluctuating muscle
weakness and fatiguability.
Tendulkar received many awards for his excellent work. He was
conferred Maharashtra State government awards three times,
Maharashtra Gauruw Puraskar, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and
Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship. He won the National Film Award
for Best Screenplay for Shyam Benegal's film Manthan and wrote the
screenplays of films like Nishant, Akrosh and Ardh Satya. He was
also a recipient of Padma Bhushan award from the Government of
India for his literary accomplishments.