Cyrus Mistry (March 11, 1956[1]) is an Indian author and playwright. He won the 2014 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature for Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer.[2][3] He is the brother of author Rohinton Mistry.[4]

Mistry is from Mumbai.[2] He began writing at a young age as a playwright,[5] but has also worked as a journalist and short-story writer. His first short was published in 1979.[2] He has also written short film scripts and several documentaries. One of his short stories, "Percy", was made into the Gujarati feature film Percy in 1989; he wrote the screenplay and dialogue.[6] It won the National Award for Best Gujarati Film in 1989,[7] as well as a Critics' Award at the Mannheim Film Festival.[6]

His play Doongaji House is "regarded as a seminal work in contemporary Indian theatre in English."[2] His first novel was The Radiance of Ashes which was shortlisted for the Crossword Prize (2005).[8] His second novel was Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer published in 2013, which tells the story of the Khandhias within the Parsi community who carry the bodies of the dead to the Towers of Silence where they are eaten by vultures.[2][9]

Awards and honors



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  3. ^ PTI (18 January 2014). "Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize for 2014". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  4. ^ Amrita Madhukalya (17 January 2014). "Parsis walk from outside to take my story forward: Cyrus Mistry". DNA India. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Active marketing important in publishing: Author Cyrus Mistry". Press Trust of India. Press Trust of India. 12 November 2013. Archived from the original on 19 January 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  6. ^ a b Shashi Baliga (5 August 2012). "A legacy of silence". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  7. ^ "37th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 March 2016.
  8. ^ Tara Sahgal (5 September 2005). "Bombay lost and found". India Today. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  9. ^ Tara Sahgal (17 August 2012). "Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer (review)". Time Out Mumbai. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Sahithya Academy Award 2015" (PDF). Sahitya-Akademi. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 19 December 2015.