Pralhad Keshav Atre

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Prahlad Keshav Atre
Born August 13, 1898
Died June 13, 1969(1969-06-13) (aged 70)
Occupation writer, poet

Prahlād Keshav Atre (About this sound pronunciation ) (13 August 1898 – 13 June 1969), popularly known as Āchārya Atre, was a multi-faceted Indian figure. He was a prominent Marathi writer, a poet, an educationist, a newspaper founder–editor of Maratha (a Marathi language daily whose head office and press was located at Coca-Cola gulley in Worli, Mumbai), a political leader, a movie producer–director–script writer and above all, a noted orator.

His Marathi film, Shyamchi Aai won the 1954 National Film Award for Best Feature Film.[1] Atre wrote seven plays; some of them had a humorous theme while others, a serious one. All of them received high public acclaim. His comedy-play, Moruchi Mavshi was later adapted into Hindi film, Aunty No. 1 (1998), starring Govinda and Raveena Tandon.

Atre's two autobiographical works, Mi Kasā Jhālo and Karheche Pāni, similarly received much public acclaim. Atre was the founder–editor of four Marathi newspapers. Two of them had a short life. But the other two, Maratha and (Weekly) Navayug, ran for many years with a large circulation.

His movie Mahatma Phule (1955) received the President's Silver Medal.

In politics[edit]

However his ambition of becoming a member of the Indian Parliament could not be fulfilled as he lost these elections.

Important works[edit]


  • Sāshtāng Namaskār (1935)
  • Gharābāher (1934)
  • Bhramāchā Bhopalā (1935)
  • Udyāchā Sansār (1936)
  • Lagnāchi Bedi (1936)
  • Moruchi Māwashi (1947) a Marathi comedy play
  • To Mi Navhech (1962)

Novels, Biographies, and Essays

  • Chāngunā (1954)
  • Battāshi Wa Itar Kathā (1954)
  • Mahātmā Jyotibā Phule (1958)
  • Suryāsta (1964) (On the life of Jawaharlal Nehru)
  • Samādhiwaril Ashru (1956)
  • Kelyāne Deshātan (1961)
  • Atre Uwāch (1937)
  • Lalit Wāngmaya (1944)
  • Hashā Āni Tālyā (1958)


  • zenduuchi Phule (1925)

Autobiographical Works

  • Karheche Pāni (5 volumes)(1963, '64, '65, '67, and '68)
  • Mi Kasā Jhālo (1953)


  • Brahmachari (1938)
  • Shyāmchi Aai
  • Premveer (Script writer)
  • Dharmveer (Script writer)
  • Brandichi Bātali (Script writer)
  • Paayaachi Daasi (Hindi: Charanon Ki Daasi). Producer.
  • Mahātmā Phule
  • Parinde (Hindi, Director under name of Principal Atre) (1945)


  • Founder/Editor of (weekly) Sāptāhik Navyug (1940–1962) and Tukārām (1954)
  • Evening newspaper Jai Hind (1948)
  • Daily Marāthā (1956 – Till the end)


  • President of 27th Maharashatra Sahitya Sammelan at Nashik (1942)
  • President of 38th Natya Sammelan at Belgaon (1955)
  • President of 10th Maharashatra Patrakar Sammelan (1950)
  • President of Regional Sahitya Sammelan at Baroda, Indore and Gwalior
  • In his honor there is an Acharya atre bhavan in Saswad


National Film Awards (India)


  • Prahlad Keshav Atre, by A. N. Pednekar. Sahitya Akademi Publications. ISBN 81-260-1570-5.

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