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Works of Seth Govinddas:
I. Plays (Drama)
1.Kartavya – A play bringing out the personalities of the Hindu mythological Gods, Rama & Krishna. The writer has successfully interpreted realistically many exaggerations in the Ramayana and Mahabharat.

2.Karna – On the character of Karna of the Mahabharat. He was the eldest Pandava who ended fighting them with the Kauravas.


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 Lanka).

3.Vijay BeliThe 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.

Life Sketch / Personality

1.Mahaprabhu Vallabhacharya – On the life of the establisher of the Vallabhi sect, Vallabhacharya.

2.Rahim – Not many are aware that the famous Hindi poet whose popular sayings are part of the everyday Hindi language was a governor and a general in Emperor Akbar’s and  thereafter Jahangir’s army. He was awarded the highest honour given in the Mughal empire “Khankhana”. This play gives the account of his tumultuous life & his writings/ musings.

3.Bhartendu – A play on the life of the famous Indian writer Harishchandra, who was considered an idol by the truth lovers.

4.Mahatma Gandhi – As the name suggests the play is on the life of one of the greatest leaders of the century.


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.

11.Prem ya 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 satisfaction.

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 two countries.

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.
II. One-Act Plays

1.Prag Etihasik Kal Ke Bharat Ki Ek Jhalak (A collection of following six one-act plays)

a) Reikav Aur Jaanshruti – This play is based on a story taken from the ‘Chandogy Upanishada’. The message is not to seek salvation by leaving ones duty but to perform them in the most sacrosanct & judicious manner.

b) Karma Hi Sachcha Varna Athava Javal

c) Krishi Yagya – This play is based on the effort of a brahmin called Trijat, during the era of Rama in Ayodhya, who took on the till then unconventional work of agriculture research.

d) Mahaveer Ka Moun Bhang – A quasi-mythological story on how God Mahavir (of the Jain religion) humbled an arrogant but knowledgeable Aryan Brahmin.

e) Buddha Ki Ek Shishya Vishakha – A play set in about 2500BC. It shows the extensive knowledge of the writer on the philosophy and preachings of Gautam Buddha.

f) Buddha Ke Sache Snehi Kaun – At the time when Buddha announced that he wanted to leave his present life, only two of his followers did not feel sad and continued to practice Buddha’s teachings. These two were then selected by Buddha as his true followers.

2.Pracheen Kashmeer Ki Ek Jhalak (A collection of following four one-act plays)

a) Jaalok Aur Bhikharini – A play set in about 200BC based on a story from the ancient scripture of Kashmir called ‘Raaj-Tarangini’. It’s a touching story of an ancient king of Kashmir who decided to give his own flesh to keep his word.

b) Chandrapeer Aur Charmkaar – This play is about a Kashmiri king of around 680AD. It touches on the issue of untouchability and the life in Kashmir during this period.

c) Sahit Ya Rahit – A story from the ancient scripture of Kashmir, ‘Raaj-Tarangini’. It’s a play on the judicial system in Kashmir and the role of the kings in imparting justice.

d) 98 Kise – A short play from the ancient scripture of Kashmir, ‘Raaj-Tarangini’

3.Dakshin bharat ki ek jhalak  (A collection of following eight one-act plays)

a) Kerela Ka Sudama – A play set in around 1760AD in Kerela, one of the Southern Indian states. A story of a king and a poet which unfolds into a surprise at the end.

b) Ve Aansoo – The play is set in around 1790AD in the kingdom of Travancore in Kerela. It is the story of King Ram Verma of Travancore.

c)  Shivaji Ka Sachcha SwaroopA play on a short event which highlights the character of the great Maratha warrior leader Shivaji.

d)  Sacha Dharma – Story set in Delhi of Emperor Aurangzeb era. An honest & respected Brahmin of Delhi goes through a dilemma protecting Shivaji’s son from the soldiers of Aurangzeb.

e) Bajeerao Ki Tasveer – The first Nizam orders an artist to bring him the picture of Bajirao. From the picture that he brings the Nizam understands the whole character and of Bajirao.

f) Sachi Pooja – A short play on how Peshva Madhavrao was explained the meaning of true worship.

g) Prayishchit – The family feud of in the ruling Peshva family of Pune results in bloodshed. Later the winning Peshwa goes through remorse.

h) Bhay Ka Bhoot – A humorous play of how peasants fooled an Indian general.

4.Mugalkaleen bharat ki ek jhalak (A collection of following five one-act plays)

a) Mahakavi Kumbhandas Athva Aparigrah Ki Parakastha – A play on the interaction of Kumbhandas and King Man Singh of Jaipur. Kumbhandas is very poor and in spite of the King’s repeated offers he does not accept any support from him. The narration and dialogues are heart touching.

b) Guru Teg Bahadur Ki Bhavishyavani – The dialogue between Guru Teg Bahadur, a Sikh Guru, and Aurangzeb, the Mogul ruler of India, which ended in the killing of the Guru.

c) Patan Ki Parakashtha – On the fall in the courage of noble Indian women of the Moghul empires at the time of Nadirshah.

d) Nirdosh Ki Raksha – A play on how the literates of the time established communal harmony. The play is set in around 1730AD in Delhi.

e) Ajeebo Gareeb Mulakat – On the meeting of an English General with the Nawab of Lucknow.

5.Angrejon Ka Aagman Aur Uske Bad (A collection of following seven one-act plays)

a) Krishna Kumari – A heart touching play set in 1808AD in which Princess Krishna Kumari of Mewar sacrifices herself to protect her family and the state of Mewar from embarrassment. Also brings to light the demonic beliefs and egos of the rulers and dynasties of the time.

b) Aajeejan – The play is set in Kanpur around 1857AD. A courtesan sacrifices everything to help the warriors of the first Indian freedom struggle and thereafter before being caught by the British kills herself.

c) Kangaal Nahin – A touching true story of the poor condition of the descendants of Rani Durgawati of the the Gond dynasty of Central India.

d) Sukhe Santare – This play is based on an incident in the Yeravada prison in 1932AD where Gandhi was on a hunger strike.

e) Sacha Congressi Kaun – Criticism of the power hungry variety of Congressmen based on a true story.

f)  Jab Maa Ro Padi – Based on a true story of 1946 AD, this emotional play is the story of an elderly woman whose whole family is sacrificed in one way or the other in the Indian freedom struggle.

g) Jab Bhagya Jagta Hai – A suspense filled play on the adoption of a kid by a rich widow.

6.Hamare Muktidata ( A collection of following five one-act plays)

a) Sankaracharya Ki Pratigya – How the Indian religious guru got permission from his mother to leave home and become a saint.

b) Chaitanya Ka Sanyas – How Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a great devotee of Krishna left his home and family in remorse.

c) Gurunanak Aur Namaj – An incident said to be related to the life of the Sikh Guru Gurunanak in which he proves his intention of true Hindu-Muslim harmony and also takes on the show of fake worships.

d) Maharishi Ki mahatta – On the character and greatness of the anti-idol worship and Arya Samaj leader Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati.

e) Paramhansa Ka Patni Prem – On Ramkrishna Paramhansa.


1.Spardha (A collection of following seven one-act plays)

a) Spardha – A play on the effort of women to rise to same level as men in various fields and the problems faced by them. And, why women should not expect chivalry if they wish to be treated equal.

b) Manav Man – A play discussing the condition of families with a sick member.

c) Nirmaan Ka Anand – Story of college love and infatuation with professor. But ultimate message being the pleasure derived by a human being by his or her contribution to the development of another person.

d) Maitri – How two politician friends handle a typical situation.

e) Sudama Ke Tandul – A sarcastic play on the indifferent attitude of the Congress Ministers In the pre-independence regional governments in India. Written in 1937.

f) I See – A humorous play on the effect of power on pre-independence Indian politicians.

g) You Know – A small comedy play

h) Hunger Strike – The play highlights the lack of reasons for going on hunger strikes these days.

2.Dhokhebaaj Aur Das Ekanki

a) Dhokhebaaj – Written on the speculators of the Calcutta jute market based on the first hand experience of the writer.

b) Phansi – The play depicts how people can do the unthinkable and most illogical deeds when totally engrossed in self and greed.

c) Vyavhar – On the gift system in the zamindari.

d) Adhikar Lipsa – A small play conveying the message of letting go once old.

e) Aadhunik Yatra – A sarcasm on the state of the Indian Railways under the British during the Second World War.

f) Eid Aur Holi – Short play giving message of communal harmony

g) Uthao Khao Khana – Sarcastic play on buffet meals.

h) Boodhe Ki Jeebh – Sarcastic play on a rich old man whose tongue is not in his control.

i) Choubees Ghante – A very small play on differences in two generations of a family over 24 hours broadcasts.

j) Band Note – Writer takes on corruption and bribery in this short play.

k) Maharaj – Sarcastic play on the untouchability farce created by some Brahmins of India in the early part of the century.

1.Shap Aur VarA monodrama on women’s treatment and condition in different economic groups in India in the early 20th century. A very touching and emotional play.

2.ShatdarshanPlay depicting the whole life of an Indian woman.

3.Pralay Aur Shrishti – The appropriateness of capitalism and socialism is the subject of this monodrama. It mixes the Indian principles of life with the popular western capitalist goals of sex & money.

4.Albela – Present the thoughts of a Robin Hood like thug who is anti-capitalist and fed up with the legal system. This monodrama is influenced by the style of O’Neil, Ibsen and Shaw.

5.Sacha Jeevan – A philosophical monodrama.


IV. Prahsan
Based on stories of foreign lands

1.Matasai – On a Chinese women involved in the co-operative movement. Based on a true story.

2.Cheen  Ka Grih Yuddha

3.Singpai Lan – Based on the true story of a patriotic Chinese girl during the Japanese invasion of China in 1937.

4.Mukta Den

5.Do Moortiyan

6.Starik Aur Babuske – Story of Russian family. In Russian ‘Starik’ and ‘Babuske’ mean an old man and an old woman respectively.

7.Gul Beebi – Story of an Islamic Uzbek girl who breaks the conventions.

8.Paron Wale Karkhane – Historic shifting of Russian factories with lightning speed to escape the attack of Hitler in 1941.

9.Stakhanhof – He was a Russian coal miner awarded the “Order of Lenin”.

10.Pap Ka Ghara


1.Bhavishyavani – A humorous play on a fraud soothe sayer gang and its victims.

2.Jati Utthan – A play making fun of the caste system in India and of persons trying to prove that their caste is superior.

3.Vitamin – Sarcasm on the diet fad.

4.Vah Mara Kyon – The investigation into an English soldiers peace time non-violent death in the cantonment is comically presented.

5.Horse Power – A short comic play

6.Ardha Jagrat – On some of the surprising reactions of the so called upper caste educated politicians over lower castes during the transitory phase of the Indian social system in the early part of the century.

Poetry, Combinations & Novel

1.Prem VijayMahakavya

2.Sneh Ya SwargPoetic Drama

3.ShabriA combination of a story, play, monodrama and poetry

4.Samvad SaptakA poetic discussion

5.Patra PushpaA Collection of short poems

6.IndumatiA novel in Three Types  Complete,  Short & Pocket Book

VI. Travelogues

1.Hamara Pradhan UpniveshOn Africa

2.Sudoor Dakshin PoorvaOn New-Zealand, Fiji & Malaya

3.Prithvee ParikramaOn Egypt, Unan, Switzerland, France, England, Canada, America, Hawaii, Japan, China, Siam, & Burma


1.Uttarakhanda Ki YatraOn Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath & Badrinath, the Hindu places of religious importance in the North.

2.Dakshin Bharat Ki Teerth Yatra – On South India


Memoirs & Autobiography

1.Aatma-NirikshanAutobiography in three volumes

2.Smriti KanA collection of character sketches of renowned persons of modern India

3.Chehre Jaane PahichaneCollection of character sketches

4.Uthal Puthal ka Yug – A short autobiography, mainly covering Seth Govinddas’s life up to his middle age.


1.Pandit Motilal Nehru Ki Jeevani – On Pandit Motilal Nehru freedom fighter, leading barrister and father of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

2.Yug  Purush Nehru – First Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

3.Desh Ratna Dr. Rajendra Prasad

4.Adbhut Guru Aur Mahan ShishyaOn Ramkrishna Paramhansa & Swami Vivekanand

5.Loh Purush – On Saradar Vallabhbhai Patel


1.Mere Jeevan Ke Vichar StambhA Collection of Four Essays

Talks and Speeches

1.Natya Kala Meemansa – A collection of four lectures on drama & plays.

2.Hindi Bhasha AandolanA large collection of speeches in the executive given by Seth Govinddas in support of Hindi over a period of forty years.

Literary Compilation



1.Jeevan Kranti Ki Disha

2.Athato Bramha JigyasaA collection of essays on The Upnishad Bramhasootra, Geeta, Yoga-Vashishtha & Patanjal Yoga Sootra

3.Vade Vade Jayate Tatva Bodh (First Part) : Mrityu Se Mrityunjay – A spiritual and introspective book which has two parts a play and a novel, in one book.

In English

1.Five One Act Plays

2.On wings To AnzacsTravelogue of New-Zealand, Australia, Fiji & Malaya

3.IndumatiA Novel

Anu And AnantThis is the first of the eleven Gandhi Yug Puran.

Works of Mrs Padma Binani, daughter of Seth Govinddas:

Biography / Autobiography
Narmada ke tat se – Autobiography

Karm Yug ke pathik – Biography of Mr Ghanshyam Binani, a leading industrialist of India.

Trishna, Tripti aur Jigyasa - Common spiritual issues presented in an interesting question and answer pattern

Biography of Raja Gokuldas:

Biography of Raja Gokuldas
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