For me, writing was never a subject of self-pleasure or self-satisfaction, nor something to do with fascination for words; my works are meant to convey to my readers the message that they should never feel lonely or helpless. - Chitra Mudgal
Born in Chennai on 10 December 1944, Chitra Mudgal has done her MA in Hindi Literature and Diploma in Fine Arts. She has also undergone raining in Bharatnatyam, She is a highly respected and talked about novelist of our times. Since her youth, she has lived and worked amongst the weaker sections of the society irrespective of caste and creed. To understand and solve their problems, to be able to make their lives a little better, has been an objective that she still pursues.
Chitra Mudgal has over 37 publications to her credit. Some of her important works in Hindi are Zahar Thehra Hua (1980), Lakshagraha (1982), Apni Vaapsi (1983), Is Hamam Mein (1986), Gyarah Lambi Kahaniyan (1987), Jagdamba Babu Gaon Aa Rahe Main (1992), Charchit Kahaniyan (1994), Maamla Aage Badhega Abhi (1995), Jinavar(1996), etc. (all short-story collections), Ek Zamin Apni (1990), Aawaan (1999), Gilligadu (2002), (all novels), Jungle Ka Raaj (1980), Desh Desh Ki Lok Kathayein (1986), Neeti Kathayein (1987), Soojh Boojh (2003), Ped Par Khargosh (2006), Door Ke Dhol (2006), etc. (all collections of short stories for children), Panch Parmeshwar Tatha Anya Natak (2005), Sadgati Tatha Anya Natak (2005), Boodhi Kaki Tatha Anya Natak (2005)( all drama), Madhavi Kannagi (1993), Manimaikhaley (2002), Jeevak Chintamani (2002) (all novels for children). She has also edited seven books and has translated works from English, Gujarati and Marathi into Hindi. Her works have been translated into various languages like Bengali, English, Gujarati, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Telugu, Urdu. Italian, German, Czech, etc. Her works have also been adapted into films and included in the syllabi at school and college levels (Rajasthan University, Osaka University, Japan, School for the Blind, Mumbai in Braille, Yashwant Rao Chauhan Open University, NCERT, Gujarat State. Kota University, SCERT, Kerala, Pune University), etc. Chitra Mudgal is the first woman writer to receive the prestigious Vyas Samman for her book Aawaan in the year 2003. Other awards and honours received by her include Millennium's first International 'Indu Sharma Katha Samman' (U. K.) for the novel Aawaan, Sahityik Kriti Award (2000) by Hindi Academy, Delhi, Chakradhar Samman of from Gwalior, for Giligadu, and Phaniswar Nath Renu Puraskar for Ek Zamin Apni, Vir Singh Dev Award (2002) by Madhya Pradesh Sahitya Academy, Preksha Award (1986) for National Unity and Integration, Bal Sahitya Award (1986-87) by Hindi Academy for the children's book Jungle Ka Raaj, Raja Radhikraman Prasad Award (1987) by Rajasthan Vibhag for Gyaarah Lambi Kahaniyaan, Sahityakar Samman (1995) by Hindi Academy, Delhi, Vidula Samman (2001) for contribution to Social Services by Vikas Kaya Foundation, Kolkata, etc.
Chitra Mudgal is a member of several prestigious literary and social organizations and committees such as Member of Jury in A.I.R. National Competition of Drama (1995), Member of Jury for the 49th National Film Awards (2001) and Indian Panorama (2002), Jury Member for the Maulana Azaad Essay Competition (SAARC countries) by I.C.C.R. (2000-2002), Board Member of the Prasar Bharati Corporation of India (2003-2007), Chairperson of Core Committee of 'Indian Classics' - a prestigious project of Prasar Bharati (2003-2007), etc. She was a member of the Sixth and Seventh World Hindi Conference, London & Surinam.
According to many critics, after Raag Durbari by Shreelal Shukla, Chitra Mudgal's Aawaan is the most discussed about and famous Hindi novel.