Jagdish Khebudkar

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Jagdish Khebudkar (May 10, 1932 - May 3, 2011) was a Marathi littérateur and lyricist of Marathi cinema, known for his songs in films like Pinjra (1972), Sadhi Manse, Samna (1975), Chandra Hota Sakshila and Ashtavinayak. Starting in 1960, he remained associated with the Marathi film industry for the next 50 years, during which he established a repertoire of 2500 songs in 300 films.[1][2] He also wrote 3500 poems, 25 stories and five plays.

Early life and background[edit]

Born in 1932,[3] Khebudkar at a tender age of 16, wrote his first poem following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948. It was aired by the All India Radio.[2]


A teacher by profession,[3] in 1960, Khebudkar started his career as songwriter in Marathi cinema, and went on to work with noted composers like Ram Kadam and Vasant Pawar during the 1960s and 1970s.[2] He wrote seven songs for V. Shantaram's Marathi hit film Pinjra (1972), he was felicitated the V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award, among others.[3] As songwriter, he wrote songs across genres, including romantic songs, religious-devotional songs and lavanis, which became popular in Marathi cinema.[2]

Some of his most memorable Marathi songs were written for the films Kunku Lavte Mahercha, Bijli, Don Baika Phajeeti Aika, Samna and Manaacha Mujra.[4]

He died on 3 May 2011 in Kolhapur from lung infection, while being treated for renal ailment. He was cremated on the banks of Panchganga, Kolhapur. He is survived by two sons and two daughters.[1]


  • Bai Mee Bholi (1967)
  • Bara Varshe 6 Mahine 3 Diwas (1967)
  • Deiva Janile Kuni (1967)
  • Manaacha Mujra (1969)
  • Pinjra (1972)
  • Ghara Sansara (1973)
  • Samna (1975)
  • Don Baika Phajeeti Aika (1982)
  • Bijli (1986)
  • Ashi Gyaneshwari (2001)
  • Kunku Lavte Mahercha (2004)
  • Astharoopa Jai Vaibhavlakshmi Maata (TV film) (2008)
  • Maherchi Maaya (2007)


  1. ^ a b "Marathi cinema will miss Khebudkar". The Times of India. May 5, 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Veteran song writer Jagdish Khebudkar passes away". Hindustan Times Mumbai,. May 4, 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "RIP Jagdish Khebudkar (1932-2011)". Mumbai Mirror. May 4, 2011. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Jagdish Khebudkar

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