Shakuntala Paranjpye
शकुंतला परांजपे
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
1964 - 1970
(Arts & Cinema)
Member of Maharashtra Legislative Council
In office
1958 - 1964
(Arts & Cinema)
Personal details
Born17 January 1906
Died3 May 2000 (aged 94)
NationalityBritish Indian (1906-1947)
Indian (1947-2000)
SpouseYoura Sleptzoff (divorced)
ChildrenSai Paranjpye
ParentSir R. P. Paranjpye (father)
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge
London University
OccupationWriter, actress, social activist
AwardsPadma Bhushan (1991)

Shakuntala Paranjpye (17 January 1906 – 3 May 2000) was an Indian writer, actress and a prominent social worker. She was a member of Maharashtra Legislative Council during 1958–64, and served as nominated member of Rajya Sabha during 1964–70. [1][2][3] In 1991, she was awarded Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, in recognition of her pioneering work in the field of family planning.[4]


Shakuntala Paranjpye was the daughter of Sir R. P. Paranjpye, the first Indian to be Senior Wrangler at the University of Cambridge, an educationist, and India's High Commissioner to Australia during 1944–1947.[5][dead link]

Shakuntala studied for the Mathematical Tripos at Newnham College, Cambridge.[6] She graduated there in 1929. She received a Diploma in Education from London University the next year.[citation needed]

Shakuntala worked in the 1930s with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.[7] In the 1930s and 1940s, she also acted in some Marathi and Hindi movies.

Shakuntala wrote many plays, sketches, and novels in Marathi. Some of her work was in English.

A Hindi children's movie, Yeh Hai Chakkad Bakkad Bumbe Bo,[citation needed] which was based on a Marathi story by Shakuntala was released in 2003.[citation needed]

Personal life

Shakuntala was married for a short time to a Russian painter, Youra Sleptzoff. The couple's daughter, Sai Paranjpye, was born in 1938.[5] Soon after Sai's birth, she divorced Youra, and reared Sai in her own father's household.[citation needed]

Sai Paranjpye is a noted Hindi movie director and screenwriter. She is known for her comedies and children's movies. In 1991, the Government of India awarded her the Padma Bhushan title in recognition of her artistic talents and for her stories.[4]




  1. ^ Members Of Rajya Sabha Since 1952 Rajya Sabha website.
  2. ^ Rajya Sabha website Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Nominated members
  3. ^ NOMINATED MEMBERS OF RAJYA SABHA Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b Padma Bhushan Awardees Shakuntala Pranjpye, 1991, Maharashtra, Social Work. Sai Paranjpye, Arts, Maharashtra, 2006.
  5. ^ a b Sai Paranjpye at ASHA Archived 17 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Aparna Basu; Malavika Karlekar (2008). In So Many Words: Women's Life Experiences from Western and Eastern India. Routledge. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-415-46734-6.
  7. ^ Sai speak! The Times of India,8 July 2002.