Sharad Joshi
Born(1931-05-21)21 May 1931
Ujjain, Central India Agency, British India
Died3 September 1991(1991-09-03) (aged 60)
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
OccupationAuthor, poet, satirist
SpouseIrfana Siddiqui
Children3 daughters including Neha Sharad

Sharad Joshi was an Indian poet, writer, satirist and a dialogue and scriptwriter in Hindi films and television. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1990.[1]


Early life and education

Sharad Joshi was born on 21 May 1931 in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh to Shriniwas and Santi Joshi, a second child in the family of two sons, and 4 daughters.


In the late 1950s, when Sharad Joshi was writing for newspapers and radio in Indore, he met and married Irfana Siddiqi (later Irfana Sharad). She was a writer, radio artiste and a theater actress from Bhopal. The couple had three daughters: Bani, Richa and Neha Sharad. Neha Sharad is an actress and poet.[2][3]


Essays and plays

Sharad Joshi has written many satirical essays on political, social, cultural and economical topics, such as Atha Shri Ganeshaya Namah, Billiyon ka Artha Shastra, Buddhijivi, Sahitya ka Mahabali, Adhyaksha Mahodaya[4].

Sharad Joshi also wrote satirical plays. His plays Ek Tha Gadha Urf Aladad Khan and Andhon Ka Haathi are popular for satire and timeless humour[5]

His books and essay collections include Parikrama, Kisi Bahane, Tilasm, Jeep par The Sawar Illian, Raha Kinare Baith, Meri Shreshth Rachnaye, Dusri Satah, Yatha Sambhav, Yatra Tatra Sarvatra, Yatha Samay, Ham Bhrashtan ke Bhrasht Hamare, and Pratidin[6][7]

Filmography as dialogue writer

TV serials


Madhya Pradesh government has instituted an award in his memory titled, "Sharad Joshi Samman", given each year to individuals for outstanding achievement in the field of writing. It includes a cash award of Rs. 51,000 and citation.[10]

His daughter Neha Sharad also organized Shradotsav in 2016, a literary and theatre festival (which has plays as well as a book fair), to commemorate her father's work.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Satirist Sharad Joshi said we chose World Leader PM". Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Film Writers Association". Archived from the original on 8 September 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ Datta, Amaresh (1 January 1988). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: Devraj to Jyoti. Sahitya Akademi. p. 1863. ISBN 9788126011940.
  5. ^ "...And all for the sake of a donkey - DNA - English News & Features - Art & Culture -". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Delhi University Virtual Learning - शरद जोशी : जीवन और साहित्य". Retrieved 1 July 2016.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Sharad Joshi". Goodreads. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  8. ^ "India television". 30 August 2001. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  9. ^ भाषा. "Sharad Joshi : Literature | शरद जोशी : हिन्दी के अनूठे व्यंग्यकार". Web Dunia. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  10. ^ Madhya Pradesh News[dead link]
  11. ^ "शरदोत्सव-16 : शरदजी की याद में अनोखा मेला, किताबों के साथ रचनापाठ भी". Retrieved 27 June 2016.