List of Marathi people

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(मराठी माणसं/महाराष्ट्रीय)
Total population
(c. 120 million[1])
Regions with significant populations

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

Israel, Mauritius,[2] United States, United Kingdom, Australia, United Arab Emirates
Related ethnic groups
Indo-Aryan peoples

This page is a list of notable Marathi people. This list contains people with Marathi ethnicity who 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.

Rulers and Nobles[edit]

Shivaji, as painted by Raja Ravi Varma.
Statue of Bajirao I opposite Shaniwar Wada in Pune.
Statue of Sambhaji at Tulapur
The Ancient Rulers
The Bhosales (Maharashtra)
The Bhosales (Thanjavur-Tamil Nadu)
The Holkars (Indore-Madhya Pradesh)
The Shinde/Scindia (Gwalior-Madhya Pradesh)
The Ruler of Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh)
The Gaekwad (Baroda-Gujarat)
The Peshwe

_Bajirao II

Historic Warriors[edit]

Baji Prabhu Deshpande's statue at Panhala Fort
During Shivaji's reign
Mahadaji Shinde restored the Maratha domination on northern India
The Third Battle of Panipat (1761)

Indian Independence Movement[edit]

Anglo Maratha Wars - I,II & III
The Revolt of 1857 - India's First War Of Independence

Defence leaders[edit]

Air Force

Religion and spirituality[edit]

Dnyaneshwar is the author of Dnyaneshwari and Amrutanubhav, both considered to be milestones in Marathi literature.

Reformers and Social Activists[edit]

Gandhian activist Anna Hazare
Annabhau Sathe a Social reformer.


Mohan Bhagwat - The current Sarsanghchalak ("chief") of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
Bal Thackeray is the founder of Shiv Sena.

Bureaucrats & Diplomats[edit]

Yashwant Narayan Sukthankar was the second Cabinet Secretary of India.

Jurists and advocates[edit]

Business & Industries[edit]

Baba Kalyani was chairman and managing director of Bharat Forge.




Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian lady doctor.
Astrophysicists Jayant Narlikar


Earth Sciences[edit]

Engineering and technology[edit]


Medicine and surgery[edit]

The tomb of Dwarkanath Kotnis in Shijiazhuang Hebei, China.



Cinema and theatre[edit]

A Black and White photo of Dadasaheb Phalke looking at the filmstrip
Dadasaheb Phalke, often credited as "the father of Indian cinema", made India's first full-length feature Raja Harishchandra (1913).
Nana Patekar
Rajinikanth -Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Ashutosh Gowariker, directed Lagaan (nominated for Oscars, has bagged 5 filmfare, 7 international awards)[29][30]
Models and beauty pageant winners


Playwright Vijay Tendulkar

Columnists and Journalists[edit]

Shobhaa De


Babasaheb Purandare

Other applied arts[edit]


Indian classical musicians[edit]

Modern musicians[edit]


Marathis outside Maharashtra[edit]

Thanjavur Marathis



Sachin Tendulkar


Rifle shooter Anjali Bhagwat


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