Shantabai Kamble

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Shantabai Krushnaji Kamble
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Shantabai Kamble
Born 1 March 1923
Mahud , Sangola, Solapur, Maharastra, India
Nationality Indian
Religion Buddhist
Children Arun Kamble

Shantabai Krushnaji Kamble (born March 1, 1923) is a Marathi writer and Dalit activist. She wrote first Dalit woman autobiography. She was from the community which economically and socially deprived class. But her family always built her moral, and gradually due to good educational assistance, she goes beyond the boundaries. Education is the weapon which made her strong and sharp in the life. She strongly believe that the path Dr. B. R. Ambedkar showed is not only right but we could achieve our goal through this path, and she is very good example of it.


Early age[edit]

Shantabai Krushnaji Kamble born in a Mahar Dalit family on March 1, 1923. Her birthplace was Mahud which is located in Solapur. She was from poor family. The social and economical status of her family's community was very low.

Educational Struggle[edit]

In India the ritual says to lower caste people "Education is not their cup of tea" so education was prohibited for these people. The worst thing was she was a woman and no girl used to go to school at that time. But her parents decided to send her school because of her extraordinary talent.

Life after marriage[edit]

After her marriage, she converted as Buddhist. The basic ideology behind this conversion is to fight against wrong rituals and severity of casteism. The basic inspiration behind conversion is Dr. B. R. Ambedkar. Ambedkar told to these people was they should earn status in this world by way of education and unity. Shantabai Kamble was followed his path and she did a great job.

Her book[edit]

Shantabai Kamble's Majya Jalmachi Chittarkatha published as a complete book in 1986 but presented to readers and television audiences in serial form named as Najuka through the early 1980s, is considered the first autobiographical narrative by Dalit woman writer. This book included in the University of Mumbai's syllabus[1]


  • Pioneering autobiography : Untouchable castes' woman from India Shantabai Kamble.[2]


  • Poisoned Bread: Translations from Modern Marathi Dalit Literature By Arjuna Ḍāṅgaḷe Contributor Arjuna Ḍāṅgaḷe Edition: reprint[3]