(born 1974) is an Indian-Canadian
novelist and playwright. An Irani
, but of recent Iranian
extraction), he was born and raised in Mumbai
, although he has indicated that he personally prefers the city's traditional English name, Bombay
. After working in advertising in India, he moved to Vancouver
in 1998 to study and pursue writing.
His first full-length play, The Matka King
, premiered in October 2003 at the Arts Club Theatre Company
in Vancouver. His play, Bombay Black
, won four Dora Awards
, including Outstanding New Play. Irani was also featured in Quill & Quire
as one of a handful of young Canadian “writers to watch.”
He published his debut novel
, The Cripple and His Talismans
, in 2004. This dark fable won critical acclaim for its magic realist
depiction of the seedy beggars' underworld of India.
Irani's second novel, The Song of Kahunsha
, was chosen as a CBC Book Club One pick, and was selected for the 2007 edition of Canada Reads
, where it was championed by Donna Morrissey
. Kahunsha is a story about the abandoned children of Bombay, struggling for survival and to hold onto hope amidst the violence of the 1993 racial riots.
His latest play, My Granny the Goldfish
, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre Company's new venue, The Revue Stage, in Vancouver on April 16, 2010.
From 1997 Irani attended the University of British Columbia
. He received his Bachelors degree in Creative Writing in 2002.
- The Matka King (2003, play)