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Born Tryambak Bapuji Thombre
13 August 1890
Died 5 May 1918
Bhadali Railway Station,Dist-Jalgaon.
Nationality Indian
Occupation Poet
Known for Poems in Marathi

Tryambak Bapuji Thombre (1890–1918) was an Indian Marathi poet, whose pen name was Balkavi, also spelled as Baalkavi or Baal-kavi. Poems of Thombre deal with his love of nature and are marked by exuberant language. He spent some period of his childhood life with renowned writer and poet Narayan Tilak [ Narayan Vaman Tilak (6 December 1861 – 1919) was a Marathi poet from the Konkan region of then Bombay Presidency in British India, and a famous convert to Christianity.] And Laxmibai Tilak. Narayan Tilak was the person who identified the talent within Baalkavi and brought him to his home. Laxmibai Tilak had very motherly relation with Baalkavi. She mentioned some of sweet memories of Baalkavi in her autobiography 'smruti chitre'. [1]

Notable work[edit]

Some of his poems are very "dark" while most of them depict nature in a beautiful poetic manner.[1] Some notable poems written by Thombre are:

  • Phulrani
  • Audumber
  • Shraavan-maasii harshh maanasii
  • Anandi anand Gade jikade tikade chohikade



  1. ^ a b Datta, Amaresh (1987). The Encyclopedia of Indian Literature. Sahitya Akademi. ISBN 978-81-260-1803-1. Retrieved 2009-12-09. 
Recording of one of Balkavi's poem.

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