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Bapu is a word for "father" in many Indian languages such as Gujarati and Marathi, and may refer to:

  • Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948), officially honored as Bapu (Father) of the Nation of India
  • Bapu (film director) (1933–2014), painter, cartoonist, movie director from Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Arimbra Bapu (1936–2014), Indian politician from the state of Kerala
  • Asaram (born 1941), also known as Asaram Bapu, spiritual teacher from India
  • Bapu Hari Chaure (born 1949), Indian politician
  • Bapu Gokhale, General during the Third Anglo-Maratha War
  • Bapu Joshi (1912–1994), Indian cricket umpire
  • Morari Bapu (born 1946), Hindu religious figure
  • Bapu Nadkarni (born 1933), Indian cricketer
  • Ngawang Tashi Bapu (born 1968), Singing Monk who was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006