1.Vikas – A dream like play which has world history in short. Analyses
whether the world has really progressed as a result of growth or is it going
around in circles.
2.Sinhal Dweep – The play is set in the period of Gautam Buddha
i.e. about 500 BC. It is the story of a prince of the Bengal region who is
banished by his father, the King. The play is set in India and Ceylon (Sri
3.Vijay Beli –
The story of Cyrus the Great King of Persia (Iran) who was the first foreign invader of India around 585BC.
4.Shashi Gupt – An educative play on Chandragupta Maurya and his
mentor Chanakya of around 300-400 BC. Written after a very thorough research by
the writer this play has some of most astonishing and detailed facts. It is a
long play depicting - how India was fragmented at the time, the invasion of
Alexander, his fight with Porus, Shashi Gupt’s rise from an ordinary soldier
to one of the most powerful kings during that period with the help of Chanakya
and his renaming as Chandragupt Morya.
5.Ashok – This play is on Ashoka The Great, of the Chandragupt Morya
dynasty of Magadh. Ashoka was an ambitious king who expanded the kingdom handed
over to him by his father, after settling the family feud, and later converted
to a Buddhist preaching non-violence and peace. He changed the face of India of
the time by spending astonishing amounts on charity and public works.
6.Bhikshu Se Grihastha, Grihastha Se
Bhikshu – This 100 page drama is one of the very few accounts of
Kumarayan, son of a minister of a small kingdom in India around 350-400 AD, and
his son Kumarjeev. Kumarayan became a Buddhist monk and went north into Nepal
and Tibet. There he fell in love and married a princess and Kumarjeev was born.
Later the whole family again became Monks. Kumarjeev’s life is also outlined
as he was taken to China and is the principle converter of the Buddhist writings
into the Mandarin language.
7.Harsh – The play is on the famous Emperor Harsh. He adopts the hitherto
new Buddhism drawing the ire of his primarily vedic kings.
8.Kuleenta – This play set in the period of around 1200AD is on the rule
of the Kalchuri dynasty in Central India. It gives the account of the end of the
Kalchuri dynasty and the rise of the Gond rule in the region. The famous queen
‘Rani Durgawati ‘ belonged to the Gond dynasty. The play has Sanskrit
influenced language and a film, Dhuandhar, was also made on this play.
9.Shershah – After Babbar established Mughal rule in India, his son
Humayu was not able to consolidate his grip. As a result Shershah, a Pathan and
a Governor / General in Humayu’s army, took the throne from him in a coup.
Being a Pathan he considered himself an Indian and laid great stress on the
country’s development and religious harmony. Though he ruled for only a short
span of five years the landmarks he created, like the Grand Trunk road and the
land revenue system, still exist and bear testimony to his organizational
capability and vision. The play is in five chapters.
10.Vishwasghat – Betrayal or Treason of Sirajjudaula by his own men
and his General Mirzafar is portrayed in this play. This play is around the time
when the British were trying to establish there rule in the country and used
hook and crook to achieve there goal.
1.Vishwa Prem – 5 chapters, one of the first plays in Hindi on
social problems written in 1916. when the writer first entered public life. Love
self Vs love all/the world..
2.Prakash – 222, 3 chapters with many scenens A long play but one that
very beautifully throws light of the high society of the late 19th
& early 20th century ends.
3.Nav Ras – 100 pages, 3 chapters, As the name suggests this play has
characters named after the nine ‘rasas’ who enact a firm story conveying the
message of superiority of the non violent means over violent means of protest
& victory of non-violent movement over a powerful army.
4.Seva Path – Written in 1934AD; on the life of there persons who want to
serve the society using money, politics & works respectively.
5.Siddhant Swatantriya –
Written in 1932 on the difference in
thinking between generations and at different ages of a person.
6.Dukh Kyon –
114 pages, 4 chapters, written in 1938 AD, A play analyzing
how jealousy makes a person unhappy.
7.Dalit Kusum – 115, 5 chapter, written in 1940AD, A heart touching story
of a child widow, A film also made on this play.
8.Patit Suman –
75 pages, 4 chapters, written in 1939 AD, Dramatic
presentation of the life a girl born out of wedlock in the zamindari system.
9.Tyag Ya Grahan – 122 pages, 5 chapters, written in 1900 AD, A play
debating Gandhian & Socialist philosophies.
10.Hinsa Ya Ahinsa – 130 pages, 4 chapters, written in 1940 AD.
This pay presents two faces of capitalism in pre-independence India.
Paap – 94, 4 chapters, written in 1940 AD
12.Gareebi Ya Ameeri – Written after the writers travels to Africa in 1937, this play touches on two aspects. First, is the exploitation of Indian labourers by Indians themselves in association with the British, on African farms and plantations. Second, the value of hard earned money versus inherited wealth.
13.Bada Papi Kaun – 50, 4 chapters, written in 1931 AD, Depicting the
Indian society of the time.
14.Mahatva Kise – 98, 4 chapters, A play discussing the importance &
relevance of money, and being rich, versus sacrifice.
15.Santosh Kahan – 87 pages, 5 chapters, written in 1941 AD. It is
a philosophical play which explores the journey of a person in search of
16.Sukh Kisme – A philosophical yet dramatic play showing the search of
eternal happiness. Journey of a person deriving happiness from worldly and
monetary possessions to spiritual & intellectual learnings.
17.Pakistan – 168 pages, 3 chapters, 1942 AD, A play showcasing the
writers vision & foresightedness. It depicts the Indian social &
political scenario before the creation of Pakistan; how & why Pakistan was
created and to solve which problems and finally later on attempts to reunite the
18.Bhoodan Yagya – Written in 1954, A very different play with real characters in
it like Aacharya Vinobha Bhave, Rajendra Prasad, Nehru, Jai Prakash Narayan,
etc. The writer takes cue from the American play ‘Abraham Lincoln’ in which
the actor wears mask to look like Lincoln. The subject matter is of course as
suggested by the name – Land Donation drive in free India.