List of Marathi people

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(मराठी माणसं/महाराष्ट्रीय)
Total population
70 to 80 million actually 96,878,627 by 2011 census report[1]
Regions with significant populations

Primary populations in: Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu[2]

Israel, Mauritius,[2] United States, United Kingdom, Australia
Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Aryans, Konkani people, Dhivehi people

This page is a list of notable Marathi people. This list contains people with Marathi ethnicity and may not have lived in Maharashtra. For people living in Maharashtra see List of people from Maharashtra. The Marathi people or Maharashtrians (Marathi: मराठी माणसं or महाराष्ट्रीय) are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, that inhabit the Maharashtra region and state of western India. Their language Marathi is part of the southern group of Indo-Aryan languages. Although their history goes back more than a millennium, the community came to prominence when Maratha warriors under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj established the Maratha Empire in 1674. Mee Marathi (मी मराठी, I am Marathi) are two words that have always inculcated Marathi pride.


The Ancient Rulers

The Bhosale (Maharashtra)

The Bhosale (Thanjavur-Tamil Nadu)

The Holkar (Indore-Madhya Pradesh)

The Shinde/Scindia (Gwalior-Madhaya Pradesh)

The Ruler of Jhansi (Madhya Pradesh)

The Gaekwad (Baroda-Gujarat)

The Peshwe

Historic Warriors[edit]

During Shivaji's Reign

Baji Prabhu Deshpande Statue in Panhala Fort

The Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Indian Independence Movement[edit]

First Anglo Maratha War (1775–1782)

Second Anglo Maratha War (1803–1805)

Third Anglo Maratha War (1817–1818)

The Revolt of 1857

  • Nana Sahib – Was a rebel Indian leader during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 who played a part in two massacres of British troops and civilians.
  • Rani Laxmibai – She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and a symbol of resistance to the rule of the British East India Company in the subcontinent.
  • Rango Bapuji Gupte – Was a Diplomat, General of the Maratha kingdom of Satara. He went to England as an ambassador of the Maratha rulers and advocated their stance about British rule to various British noblemen and politicians. After 14 years living in England with not much success, he finally decided to have a military confrontation against British rule in India. He played an important role in planning the independence war of 1857.
  • Tatya Tope (executed 1859) – Served as most successful general in the Revolt of 1857.
  • Nana Fadnavis – The great Maratha statesman of the Peshwa period,he was called "the Marattha Machiavelli" by the Europeans

Other Freedom Fighters and Revolutionaries

Military leaders[edit]


Paramveer Chakra is highest military decoration, equivalent to British Colonial Victoria Cross, American Medal of Honor


Air Force

  • Pradeep Vasant Naik – Air Chief Marshal, Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force
  • Anil Tipnis – Air Chief Marshal, Former Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force

Religion and spirituality[edit]


  • Gopal Krishna Gokhale – Established the Servants of India Society & represented Indian interests in the Imperial Legislative Council, Mahatma Gandhi considered him his guru
  • Jagannath Shankarshet – Philanthropist and educationalist.
  • Mahadev Govind Ranade – Reformer, Author and one of the founding members of Indian National Congress.
  • Dr. B. R. Ambedkar – Social reformer, jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian and economist. Worked for upliftment of the depressed castes. Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee charged by the Assembly to write India's new Constitution which played a significant role in elevating the status of the lower castes. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), formed in 1934, was based on the ideas that Ambedkar presented to the Hilton Young Commission. A revivalist for Buddhism in India helping lakhs of lower caste Hindus overcome age-old discrimination. The poll conducted by CNN-IBN titled "The Greatest Indian since Gandhi" resulted in Ambedkar being voted above all.[27]
  • Dhondo Keshav Karve – Maharshi Karve fought for the upliftment of women, started a college for them and established the First Indian University for women, renamed SNDT Women's University. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1958
  • Raghunath Karve – Pioneer of Family Planning and Birth Control clinics in India schools, animal shelters and medical centres. Cleanliness was his mantra
  • Jyotiba Phule (11 April 1827 – 28 November 1890) – Mahatma Jyotiba Phule started education for women and struggled hard for the upliftment of the depressed classes
  • Savitribai Phule – She was the First Female teacher of the First Women's school in India
  • Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj – King of Kolhapur princely state, known for his social reforms and upliftment of depressed classes.
  • Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil – Worked to spread education to the last person
  • Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde – Selfless work for the removal of untouchability and other suppressed casts
  • Sane Guruji – Socialist leader and reformer.
  • Nanasaheb Parulekar – Great work for orphanage
  • Pandita Ramabai – She championed the cause of emancipation of Indian women
  • Gopal Ganesh Agarkar – Was a founding member of the Deccan Education Society in 1884, also was the first editor of Kesari, a prominent Marathi weekly which was started by Lokmanya Tilak
  • Narayan Chandavarkar – He was regarded by some as the "leading Hindu reformer of western India"

Social activists[edit]

Anna Hazare



Chief Justice of India[edit]


Bharat Ratna recipients[edit]

India's Highest Civilian Award

  • Dhondo Keshav Karve – Recipient in 1958 – Educationist, Social Reformer, Awarded in his birth centenary year
  • Pandurang Vaman Kane – Recipient in 1963 – Indologist and Sanskrit scholar
  • Vinoba Bhave – Recipient in 1983 – Posthumous, Social Reformer, independence activist.
  • B R Ambedkar – Recipient in 1990 – Posthumous, Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution, Reformer, politician, Economist, and scholar, Indian Jurist, Educationist, philosopher, Buddhist Activist, Thinker, Anthropologist and Historian.
  • Lata Mangeshkar – Recipient in 2001 – Famous Singer
  • Bhimsen Joshi – Recipient in 2008 – Indian Vocalist
  • Sachin Tendulkar – Recipient in 2013 – Cricketer – First Indian sport person to receive the award.

Ramon Magsaysay Award[edit]

Asia's Highest Civilian Award (also considered as Asia's Noble)

Padma Vibhushan Recipients[edit]

India's Second Highest Civilian Award

Dadasaheb Phalke Award[edit]

India's Highest Award in cinema given annually by the Government of India

  • Sulochana – Actress, received the award in 1973
  • Durga Khote – Famous actress, received the award in 1983
  • Lata Mangeshkar – Famous Singer, received the award in 1989
  • Bhalji Pendharkar – Director, producer, screenwriter, received the award in 1991
  • Asha Bhosle – Playback singer, received the award in 2000

Ashok Chakra[edit]

Its an Indian Military decoration, awarded for valour, courage or self-sacrifice awarded either to Military or Civil Personal

Jnanpith Award[edit]

India's Highest Award in Literature for an individual

Sahitya Akademi Fellowship[edit]

Sahitya Akademi Fellowship is the Second Highest award in Literature next to Jnanpith given for an outstanding contribution

Business & Industries[edit]

Industrial Designers & Technocrats[edit]

  • Satyendra Pakhale – He is the First Indian Industrial Designer and Architect recognised internationally, his works are in the permanent collections of prestigious museums worldwide, also was the Head the department of Master of Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living Program at Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Girish Wagh – Vice-President & Head Small Car Project of Tata Motors, is a key figure in the Tata Nano's project, he previously designed the Tata Ace mini truck.




Notables in Mathematics[edit]

Notables in Physics[edit]

Notables in Chemistry[edit]

Notables in Science Education for Children in Rural area[edit]

  • Dr. Madhukar Deshpande & Pushpa Deshpande – returning NRIs from USA who established - 'Vidnyanvahini' a not-for-profit organization located in Pune in India. With the help of The Mobile Science laboratory (MSL), Vidnyanvahini provided an opportunity to handle scientific apparatus and learn the basics of science through experiments to rural school children for past 19 years.

Notables in the Field of Computers/Engineering/Technology[edit]

Notables in Earth Sciences[edit]

Notables in Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences[edit]

  • Vishwas Chavan – Biodiversity Informatics, Indian scientist who is working at the Global Biodiversity.

Notables in Medicine & Surgery[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Cinema and theatre[edit]