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Kiran Nagarkar, noted novelist and playwright passed away following a stroke on Thursday (September 5) evening in Mumbai. 

The Sahitya Akademi Award winner was seventy seven.

The novelist, playwright, film and drama critic, and screenwriter both in Marathi and English was one of the most significant writers of post-colonial India.

Among his most known works are ”Saat Sakkam Trechalis” (Seven Sixes Are Forty Three) (1974), ”Ravan and Eddie” (1994) and the epic English novel ”Cuckold” (1997), for which he was honoured with the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award. 

In literary circles, Nagarkar was a powerhouse, known for his playful use of language, for cinematic storytelling, for his criticisms of the establishment and for bringing alive the chawls and everyday street life in Mumbai.

Anil Dharkar, writer, longtime friend and director of the annual Tata Literature Live Festival said Nagarkar’s dead leaves a void in Indian literature. 

“Not too many people know that he was ill and had dietary restrictions for much of his life — he brushed it off with humour,” he said.

Nagarkar’s last novel, The Arsonist, reimagining the life of saint-poet Kabir was published in July this year to mixed reviews. 

 He was also a recipient of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Hindu Literary prize. 

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