Malti Joshi (4 June 1934 – 15 May 2024) was an Indian novelist, essayist and writer, who wrote primarily in the Hindi and Marathi languages. She was awarded the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours, in 2018.[1][2]

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shri Award to Smt. Malti Joshi, at the Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on 20 March 2018



Joshi was born in 1934, in Aurangabad, Hyderabad State, British India, and was educated in Madhya Pradesh, graduating from Holkar College, Dr, Bhimrao Ambedkar University, in Indore. Her family spoke Marathi at home, but she was educated primarily in Hindi. Following her undergraduate education, she earned a master's degree in arts in Hindi literature, in 1956.[3]

Joshi died in New Delhi on 15 May 2024, at the age of 89.[4]



Joshi began writing poetry and short stories as a teenager, contributing to Hindi children's magazines such as Parag. In 1971, she published a short story in the Hindi literature magazine, Dharmayug, which was then produced by the Times group. She continued to publish stories in several well-circulated Hindi magazines, including Saptahik Hindustan, Manorama, Kadambini, and Sarika. She also launched the magazine "Shubh Sankalp" edited by Dr. Sunita Shrivastava. Joshi also participated the practice of kathakathan, or oral recitation, performing her stories for audiences in live settings. Her stories have been collected and published in several volumes, and she has also written two novels, publishing fifty books in all.[3][5]

Joshi's work has been translated to Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi, Malayalam, and Kannada.[6] Her works have been translated to English, Russian, and Japanese.[3] In addition to her short story collections, which were primarily written in Hindi, she has published eleven books in Marathi.[6][5]

Some of Joshi's stories were later adapted by the Indian government broadcaster, Doordarshan, for television.[1] They featured as part of the television show 'सात फेरे' (Seven Turns) produced by Jaya Bachchan, and 'किरदार' (Character) produced by Gulzar.[6]

In an interview with Aaj Tak, a Hindi-language news channel, Joshi stated that she drew her characters from her family and social circle, preferring to narrate the experience of middle-class families in India. She cited Amritlal Nagar, P. L. Deshpande, and Sharad Joshi as some of her influences.[6]


Year Award Awarded by Source
1999 Bhavbhuti Alankaran Madhya Pradesh Sahitya Sammelan [3]
2006 Shikhar Samman Government of Madhya Pradesh [3]
2011 Dushyant Kumar Sahitya Samman [3]
2011 Ojaswini Samman [3]
2013-14 Rashtriya Maithalisharan Gupt Samman Government of Rajasthan [3]
2013 Vanmali Katha Samman The Foundation for Vanmali Jagannath Prasad Chaubey [3]
2016 Kamleshwar Smruti Puraskar Kathabimb (literary magazine) [3]
2018 Padma Shri for contributions to literature & education The President of India [1]


Hindi Sevi Samman Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University [5]


  1. ^ a b c "PADMA AWARDEES – 2018" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
  2. ^ "Full list of Padma awardees 2018". The Hindu. 25 January 2018. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Padma Awards: Profiles" (PDF). President of India.
  4. ^ Author, storyteller Malti Joshi passes away: Family sources
  5. ^ a b c "Author Profile :Vani Prakashan". Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "जन्मदिन विशेषः बातचीत- मालती जोशी; कहानियां- कहानियां- कहानियां". Aaj Tak (in Hindi). 4 June 2019. Retrieved 18 November 2020.