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Geetanjali Shree writes novels and short stories in Hindi. Mai was her debut novel, this translation receiving the Sahitya Akademi award. Her much-acclaimed novels Tirohit and Khali jagah have also been translated into English as The Roof Beneath Her Feet and The Empty Space respectively. Her novel Hamara shahar us baras is considered an important intervention on the issue of communal relations in India, particularly in the aftermath of the demolition in Ayodhya. Her writings have been translated into multiple European and Indian languages and are a part of the syllabus in many universities across the world. Geetanjali has written an intellectual biography of Premchand in English. She is also involved with theatre in Delhi, mostly with the well-known group Vivadi, devising adventurous scripts, such as on Umrao Jan Ada, the courtesan from Lucknow and on Jaishankar Sundari, the male actor from Gujarat who played the female lead and was hugely popular. These plays have been performed widely in India and abroad.
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