Shanta Gokhale is a writer, translator, cultural critic and theatre historian. She writes in English and Marathi. She has published two novels in Marathi, Rita Welinkar and Tya Varshi. Both won the Maharashtra State award for the best novel of the year. The first novel was recently adapted as a film, Rita by her daughter Renuka Shahane. She has written numerous scripts for documentary, corporate and feature films, some of which have won national awards.Shanta has also written columns for Mid-Day, The Times of India, Loksatta and Saptahik Sakal. She has been writing a fortnightly column on culture for Mumbai Mirror for five years.