Shyam Manohar, a Marathi Writer, novelist, playwright and thinker was born on 27th february, 1941. He has a Masters degree in physics. He is a retired lecturer from S.P College, Pune. He worked as a visiting faculty for creative writing at post-graduation level at University of Pune. His major published works includuing short stories, novels and plays are Binmoujechya goshtee, Aani Baakiche Sagale, Donhi, Sheetyuddh Sadaanand, Kal, Kohoop Lok Aahet, Khekasat Mhanane I Love You, Utsukatene Mee Zopalo, Shambhar mee, Prem Aani Khoop Khoop Nantar (in Press), Yakrut, Hriday, Tenvaach, Yelkot, Premaachi Gosht, Darshan, Sanmaan Hous, Priyankaa aani Don Chor, and Moukhik aani Likhit. He Participated and presented papers in many seminars and workshops; A special issue of a Marathi journal Anushtubh published on Shyam Manohar’s literature(1995); A seminar organized by Dr. Ambedkar Akademi, Satara on Shyam Manohar’s literature(1996); 2 crtical books on Shyam Manohars literature:
3 Ph. D.and 2 M.Phil. dissertation on Shyam Manohar’s literature; most of the plays staged by noted directors such as Pt. Satyadev Dubey ,Rajiv Patil, Nachiket Patwardhan and many others; a film on Shyam Manohars’s novel ,”Sheetyuddh Sadaanand” titled “Limited Maanusaki “(NFDC and Doordarshan production ); many of Shyam Manohar’s works prescribed as texts in almost all Universities of Maharashtra.
The major awards and honours received by him are Karad Puraskar for Short stories collection (1982), Natyadarpan Award for the play,Yakrut (1985), Natyadarpan award for the best experimental play, Hriday (1986), Natyadarpan Award for the best experimental play,Yelkot (1996), Ram Ganesh Gadakari Maharastra State Award for the play, Premachi Gosht (1998), Gangadhar Award for the best Experimental Literature (1996), Best play Maharastra State Award for Sanmaan Hous, Sahitya Akademi award for the novel, Utsukatene Mee Zopalo (2008), Lokmat’s life Achievement award for literature (2013), Maharashtra Foundation (USA), Life achievement award for literature (2014), and 4 other awards for literature Translations of Shyam Manohar’s works: three novels translated in Kannada, one short story collection translated in Kannada, Yarut play translated in Kannada, telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam, Darshan play translated in Hindi and English and Khoop lok Aahet translated in Hindi (Bahut Log hai).