Gopal Nilkanth Dandekar
He grew up in Vidarbha but ran away from his home in Nagpur at age thirteen in response to Mahatma Gandhi's call to young people for joining his movement for India's attainment of freedom from the British Raj. After spending a few years in extreme poverty, he found some stability with a few patrons. Later he joined Rashtriya Svayamsevak Sangh and worked as a volunteer in Gadge Maharaj's social service movement. He traveled extensively.
Awards and honors
In 1976, Dandekar received a Sahitya Akademi Award for his autobiographical work Smaran Gatha. He was elected president of Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held at Akola in 1981. He received an honorary D.Litt degree from Pune University on 30 December 1992.
Dandekar and his wife Neera Dandekar have a daughter, Veena Dev. Veena has two daughters: Marathi actress Mrinal Kulkarni, and Madhura.
- Smaran Gatha
- Pavanakathacha Dhondi (1955)
- Padaghavli (Novel concerning a Brahmin family in coastal Maharashtra. It describes the lifestyle there in the 18th century.) (1956)
- Machivarala Budha (1958)
- Zunjar Machi
- Kuna Ekachi Bhramangatha
- Purnamaychi Lekare
- Chhand Maze Vegle
- Aamhi Bhagirathache Putra (Novel based on the construction of Bhakra-Nangal dam on river Satlaj)
- Jait-Re-jait (A film based on this novel was later made by Jabbar Patel.)
- Baya Dar Ughad (Part 1 of 5 novels on Raja Shivaji's Maharashtra)
- Har Har Mahaadev (Part 2 of 5 novels on Raja Shivaji's Maharashtra)
- Daryabhavani (Part 3 of 5 novels on Raja Shivaji's Maharashtra)
- Zunzarmachi (Part 4 of 5 novels on Raja Shivaji's Maharashtra)
- He To Shrinchi Ichchha (Part 5 of 5 novels on Raja Shivaji's Maharashtra)
- Rumaalee Rahasya
- Tya Tithe Rukhatali
- Tudavalele Gharkul
- " Bhillaveer Kalinga" a historical story/novel on Tribes of Narmada Banks.
- Durga Bhramangatha (Concerrning wanderings among the hill forts of Maharashtra)
- Durga Darshan ( Concerrning wanderings among the hill forts of Maharashtra)
- Kille (Informative book about trekking routes in Sahyadri)
- Maharashtrachi DharaTirthe (Informative book about forts in Maharashtra)
- Maharashtra Darshan (Informative book about Maharashtra, especially the rural parts).
- Narmadechya Tataaki
- Dakshin Waara
- Mogara Phulala (Based on the life and works of Dnyaneshwar)
- Das Dongari Rahato (Based on the life and works of Ramdas Swami)
- Anandvan Bhuvani
- Tuka Akaashaaevdhaa (Novel based on the life and works of Tukaram)
- The Last Kirtan of Gadage Baba
- Waadalatil Deepstambh (Novel based on story of Keshav Baliram Hedgewar the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevek Sangh)
- DevakiNandan Gopaalaa
- "shree gadge maharaj" (the biography of maharashtras saint -majestic prakashan-pablisher book )
- Some of his books are available at http://www.sahyadribooks.org/booklistingauthorwise.aspx?auid=5