Babasaheb Purandare

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Babasaheb Purandare
Born Balwant Moreshwar Purandare
(1922-07-29) July 29, 1922 (age 92)
Pune, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Historian, Literature, Writer
Religion Hindu
Children Madhuri, Prasad, Amrut
Parents Moreshwar Purandare

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (बळवंत मोरेश्वर पुरंदरे)(born July 29, 1922, Pune[1]) (नाग पंचमी), is a historian, writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India. His works are mostly based on the events related to the life of Shivaji, the 16th-century founder of the Maratha Empire; as a result he is sometimes termed as Shiv-Shahir (शिव-शाहीर)[2] ("Shivaji's bard"). He is mostly known for his popular play on Shivaji, Jaanta Raja (जाणता राजा) which was popular not only in Maharashtra but also in Andhra Pradesh and Goa. Purandare has also studied the history of the Peshwas of Pune. He is also known for his significant contribution along with Madhav Deshpande & Madhav Mehere as senior party leaders in the early 70's of Shiv Sena along with Bal Thackeray.

Works[edit]

Babasaheb Purandare Wax Statue
Babasaheb Purandare Wax Statue at Wax Museum, Lonavala.

Purandare had started writing stories related to the period of Shivaji's reign at a very young age, which were later compiled and published in a book titled "Thingya" ("Sparks"). His other works include books titled Raja Shiva-Chatrapati (राजा शिवछत्रपती) and Kesari, and a book on life of Narayanrao Peshwa. But the most well-known of his works is the drama, Jaanata Raja, a widely popular play on Shivaji Maharaj published and first staged in 1985. Since then the drama has been staged over 864 times in 16 districts of Maharashtra, Agra, Delhi, Bhopal, and the United States. Originally written in Marathi, this work was later translated into Hindi.[1][3] This drama is performed by over 200 artists, as well as elephants, camels and horses. Generally the performance of this drama begins around Diwali each year.

For his works in the field of drama, he was awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government for the year 2007-08.[1] He has also been awarded with Maharashtra Bhushan.

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Nirmala Purandare, is a veteran social activist. She runs Vanasthali organisation in Pune. Her work for rural women,child development is renowned. Madhuri Purandare, his daughter, is a writer, painter and singer; she has written a book on Pablo Picasso. He has two sons: Amrut Purandare and Prasad Purandare. Prasad Purandare is a Marathi theater and film personality, with several Hindi films to his credit.

Affection Towards Children[edit]

Every alternate year, he goes for an outing with children and interacts with the children.He not only tells stories about Shivaji Maharaj but also shares his view on the current issues of society.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Kalidas Samman to Shri Purandare". Department of Public Relations, Madhya Pradesh Government. November 20, 2007. Retrieved 16 Dec 2011. 
  2. ^ Śālinī Pāṭīla (1987). Maharani Tarabai of Kolhapur, c. 1675-1761 A.D.. S. Chand & Co. ISBN 978-81-219-0269-4. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Janta Raja' to be staged in the US: Baba Purandare". November 2, 2007. Retrieved 16 Dec 2011.