List of Marathi people

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(मराठी माणसं/महाराष्ट्रीय)
Total population
70 to 80 million actually 96,878,627 by 2011 census report[1]
Regions with significant populations

Primary populations in: Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu[2]

Israel, Mauritius,[2] United States, United Kingdom, Australia
Predominantly : Hinduism, Minorities: Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Aryans, Konkani people, Dhivehi people

This page is a list of notable Marathi people. This list contains people with Marathi ethnicity and may not have lived in Maharashtra. For people living in Maharashtra see List of people from Maharashtra. The Marathi people or Maharashtrians (Marathi: मराठी माणसं or महाराष्ट्रीय) are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, that inhabit the Maharashtra region and state of western India. Their language Marathi is part of the southern group of Indo-Aryan languages. Although their history goes back more than a millennium, the community came to prominence when Maratha warriors under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj established the Maratha Empire in 1674. Mee Marathi (मी मराठी, I am Marathi) are two words that have always inculcated Marathi pride.


The Ancient Rulers

The Bhosale (Maharashtra)

The Bhosale (Thanjavur-Tamil Nadu)

The Holkar (Indore-Madhya Pradesh)

The Shinde/Scindia (Gwalior-Madhaya Pradesh)

The Ruler of Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh)

The Gaekwad (Baroda-Gujarat)

The Peshwe

Historic Warriors[edit]

During Shivaji's Reign

Baji Prabhu Deshpande Statue in Panhala Fort

The Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Indian Independence Movement[edit]

First Anglo Maratha War (1775–1782)

Second Anglo Maratha War (1803–1805)

Third Anglo Maratha War (1817–1818)

The Revolt of 1857

Other Freedom Fighters and Revolutionaries

° The First Indian political prisoner who was sentenced to transportation for life twice.

° The First poet in the world who composed his poems and then wrote them on the prison walls with thorns and nails.

° The First indian leader whose arrest in London caused legal difficulties for British Courts.

Defence leaders[edit]


Paramveer Chakra is highest military decoration, equivalent to British Colonial Victoria Cross, American Medal of Honor


Air Force

Religion and spirituality[edit]

  • Chakradhar Swami – Indian philosopher, Founder of Mahanubhava Sect in Vaishnavism in 1267
  • Changdev Maharaj – Commonly known as Changa Deva, was a mystical yogi turned saint who is believed to have lived in Vateshwar along the banks of Tapti River.
  • Sant Namdev – Saint of Sanatana Dharma – Influenced Sikh guru Bani, he travelled far beyond the borders of Maharashtra. Sixty-one of his hymns in fact came to be included in Sikh Scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib
  • Sant EknathHindu Saint (1533–1599)
  • Sant Tukaram – 17th Century Warkari saint, Sant Tukaram is considered as one of the most important saints of the Bhakti Movement. The Bhakti Movement spread across India and many other saints of his generation were active in the social reforms as well. His Abhang had themes varying from humility, equality, concern for ecology and God's Grace, were sung and recorded in his name.
  • Swami Samarth of Akkalkot (?? – 1878) – Guru of Shankar Maharaj etc.
  • Shirdi Sai Baba of Shirdi (circa 1838 – 15 October 1918)
  • Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon
  • Samarth Ramdas - 17th century saint, who inspired people and created awakening among the people for the need of Swarajya, which greatly helped Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He composed a great book Daas-bodh. It contains the essence of every aspect of life in great detail and simple words.
  • Saraswati Gangadhar – Author of Shri GuruCharitra, an important Hindu text
  • Chokhamela – A saint in Maharashtra, India in the 14th century
  • Gadge Maharaj (13 February 1876 – 20 December 1956) Social reformer.
  • Tukdoji Maharaj – Popular rural poet and saint
  • Pandurang Shastri Athavale – Active Philosopher and advocator of Bhagavad Geeta
  • Ezekiel Isaac Malekar – Current Jewish Rabbi of the Judah Hyam Synagogue
  • Sant Santaji Jagnade Maharaj – (1624–1688) was one of fourteen cymbal players employed by Shri Tukaram Maharaja
  • Saint Janabai – Was an ardent devotee of Lord Vitthal and a talented poet
  • Saint Kanhopatra – (कान्हूपात्रा) was a 15th-century Marathi saint-poetess, venerated by the Varkari sect of Hinduism
  • Shri BrahmaChaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj – He spent a lifetime teaching the importance of peace with oneself over the material creature comforts alone
  • Shri Dhondibua – Is an Indian spiritual leader hailing from Palus, Maharashtra
  • Nivruttinath: Elder brother and GURU of Dnyaneshwar, was first saint of Varkari Panth and an authority on philosophy of the Nath sect
  • Sopan – Wrote a book "Sopandevi" based on the Bhagvadgita's Marathi interpretation along with 50 or so abhangas
  • Muktabai – She is considered as one of the first poetesses in Marathi with around 40 abhangas attributed to her. She was also GURU of Changdev Maharaj


  • Gopal Krishna Gokhale – Established the Servants of India Society & represented Indian interests in the Imperial Legislative Council, Mahatma Gandhi considered him his guru
  • Jagannath Shankarshet – Philanthropist and educationalist.
  • Mahadev Govind Ranade – Reformer, Author and one of the founding members of Indian National Congress.
  • Dr. B. R. Ambedkar – Social reformer, jurist, politician, philosopher, anthropologist, historian and economist. Worked for upliftment of the depressed castes. Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee charged by the Assembly to write India's new Constitution which played a significant role in elevating the status of the lower castes. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), formed in 1934, was based on the ideas that Ambedkar presented to the Hilton Young Commission. A revivalist for Buddhism in India helping lakhs of lower caste Hindus overcome age-old discrimination. The poll conducted by CNN-IBN titled "The Greatest Indian since Gandhi" resulted in Ambedkar being voted above all.[26]
  • Dhondo Keshav Karve – Maharshi Karve fought for the upliftment of women, started a college for them and established the First Indian University for women, renamed SNDT Women's University. He was awarded Bharat Ratna in 1958
  • Raghunath Karve – Pioneer of Family Planning and Birth Control clinics in India schools, animal shelters and medical centres. Cleanliness was his mantra
  • Vinayak Damodar Savarkar - Worked for eradication of caste system. First started the concept of saha-bhojan
  • Jyotiba Phule (11 April 1827 – 28 November 1890) – Mahatma Jyotiba Phule started education for women and struggled hard for the upliftment of the depressed classes
  • Savitribai Phule – She was the First Female teacher of the First Women's school in India
  • Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj – King of Kolhapur princely state, known for his social reforms and upliftment of depressed classes.
  • Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil – Worked to spread education to the last person
  • Maharshi Vitthal Ramji Shinde – Selfless work for the removal of untouchability and other suppressed casts
  • Sane Guruji – Socialist leader and reformer.
  • Nanasaheb Parulekar – Great work for orphanage
  • Pandita Ramabai – She championed the cause of emancipation of Indian women
  • Gopal Ganesh Agarkar – Was a founding member of the Deccan Education Society in 1884, also was the first editor of Kesari, a prominent Marathi weekly which was started by Lokmanya Tilak
  • Narayan Chandavarkar – He was regarded by some as the "leading Hindu reformer of western India".

Social activists[edit]

Anna Hazare



Chief Justice of India[edit]


Bharat Ratna Recipients[edit]

India's Highest Civilian Award

  • B R Ambedkar – Recipient in 1990 – Posthumous, Chief Architect of the Indian Constitution, Reformer, politician, Economist, and scholar, Indian Jurist, Educationist, philosopher, Buddhist Activist, Thinker, Anthropologist and Historian.
  • Pandurang Vaman Kane – Recipient in 1963 – Indologist and Sanskrit scholar
  • Vinoba Bhave – Recipient in 1983 – Posthumous, Social Reformer, independence activist.
  • Lata Mangeshkar – Recipient in 2001 – Famous Singer
  • Bhimsen Joshi – Recipient in 2008 – Indian Vocalist
  • Sachin Tendulkar – Recipient in 2013 – Cricketer – First Indian sport person to receive the award.

Ramon Magsaysay Award[edit]

Asia's Highest Civilian Award (also considered as Asia's Noble)

Padma Vibhushan Recipients[edit]

India's Second Highest Civilian Award

Dadasaheb Phalke Award[edit]

India's Highest Award in cinema given annually by the Government of India

  • Sulochana – Actress, received the award in 1973
  • Durga Khote – Famous actress, received the award in 1983
  • Lata Mangeshkar – Famous Singer, received the award in 1989
  • Bhalji Pendharkar – Director, producer, screenwriter, received the award in 1991
  • Asha Bhosle – Playback singer, received the award in 2000

Ashok Chakra[edit]

It is an Indian Military decoration, awarded for valour, courage or self-sacrifice awarded either to Military or Civil Personal

Jnanpith Award[edit]

India's Highest Award in Literature for an individual

Sahitya Akademi Fellowship[edit]

Sahitya Akademi Fellowship is the Second Highest award in Literature next to Jnanpith given for an outstanding contribution

Business & Industries[edit]

Industrial Designers & Technocrats[edit]

  • Satyendra Pakhale – He is the First Indian Industrial Designer and Architect recognised internationally, his works are in the permanent collections of prestigious museums worldwide, also was the Head the department of Master of Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living Program at Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Girish Wagh – Vice-President & Head Small Car Project of Tata Motors, is a key figure in the Tata Nano's project, he previously designed the Tata Ace mini truck.




Notables in Mathematics[edit]

Notables in Physics[edit]

Notables in Chemistry[edit]

Notables in Science Education for Children in Rural area[edit]

  • Dr. Madhukar Deshpande & Pushpa Deshpande – returning NRIs from USA who established - 'Vidnyanvahini' a not-for-profit organization located in Pune in India. With the help of a Mobile Science laboratory (MSL), Vidnyanvahini provides an opportunity to handle scientific apparatus and learn the basics of science through experiments to rural school children of Maharashtra.

Notables in the Field of Computers/Engineering/Technology[edit]

Notables in Earth Sciences[edit]

Notables in Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences[edit]

  • Vishwas Chavan – Biodiversity Informatics, Indian scientist who is working at the Global Biodiversity.

Notables in Medicine & Surgery[edit]

Performing arts[edit]

Cinema and theatre[edit]