Shanta Gokhale is a bilingual writer based in Mumbai. She did her Senior Cambridge from Bombay Scottish Orphanage, her B A in English Language and Literature from Bristol University and her M A in English from Bombay University. She has taught English at Elphinstone College and H R College of Commerce. She has worked as sub-editor with Femina, Public Relations Executive with Glaxo Laboratories and Arts Editor with the Times of India. She has been a full time writer since 1993.
Shanta Gokhale has written cultural columns for The Evening News of India, The Independent, the Sunday Review of the Times of India, MidDay and Mumbai Mirror. Her Marathi columns have appeared in Loksatta and Saptahik Sakal. Her play ‘Avinash’ was directed by Satyadev Dubey in Marathi, Sunil Shanbag in Hindi and Vinod Ranganathan in Malayalam. ‘Sex Morality and Censorship’ was directed by Sunil Shanbag. ‘The Fair One’ a semi-documentary semi-fictional play on Irom Sharmila, was directed by Mahesh Dattani. A reading of her latest play, ‘Maili Chadar’, was held in Studio Tamaasha directed by Irawati Karnik and in Studio Safdar, directed by Moloyashree Hashmi.
Shanta Gokhale has translated several plays by playwrights like C. T. Khanolkar, Vijay Tendulkar, G. P Deshpande, Mahesh Elkunchwar, Satish Alekar, Makarand Sathe, Premanand Gajvi and Rajeev Naik into English. She has translated Gieve Patel’s play ‘Mister Behram’ into Marathi. Her Marathi novels, ‘Rita Welinkar’ and ‘Tya Varshi’, also published in English in her translation, have won Maharashtra State awards. Among her other translations are Makarand Sathe’s novel, ‘Achyut Athavale Ani Athavan’, Durga Khote’s autobiography ‘Mi Durga Khote’, Uddhav Shelke’s ‘Dhag’, Prabhakar Barve’s ‘Kora Canvas’ and Laxmibai Tilak’s autobiography ‘Smritichitre’. She has authored ‘Playwright at the Centre: Marathi Drama From 1943 to the Present’, and edited ‘Satyadev Dubey : A Fifty-year Journey Through Theatre’, ‘The Theatre of Veenapani Chawla : Theory, Practice, Performance’ and ‘The Scenes We Made : An Oral History of Experimental Theatre in Mumbai’.
Shanta Gokhale is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for overall contribution to the performing arts, the Balshastri Jambhekar Award for her Marathi translation of Jerry Pinto’s novel ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the U S-based Maharashtra Foundation, Thespo, Ooty Literary Festival and Tata Literature Live. Her memoir ‘One Foot on the Ground: A Life Told through the Body’ has won this year’s Crossword award for non-fiction.