Pramila Dandavate

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Pramila Dandavate
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
Preceded by Ahilya Rangnekar
Succeeded by Sharad Dighe
Constituency Mumbai North Central
Personal details
Born (1928-08-27)27 August 1928
Bombay, British India
Died 1 January 2002(2002-01-01) (aged 73)
Political party Janata Party
Spouse(s) Madhu Dandavate
Children Uday Dandavate

Pramila Dandavate (Devanagari: ) (1928–2001) was a political activist from Mumbai, associated with the Praja Socialist Party and later with the Janata Party.

Early life and background[edit]

Pramila Dandavate (née Karande) was on 27 August 1927 born to Dr. Janardhan and Lakshmibai (née Shanta) Karande. Her father Dr. Janardhan was a famed gynaecologist whose clinic and maternity hospital were located near the Girgaum Chowpatty. Dr. Janardhan Karande alo served as the President of the Mumbai Obstetrics & Gynecological Society from 1950 to 1952.[1] Pramila was associated with the Swastik League during her childhood.[2] The Swastik League was an organisation established by M. R. Jayakar.[3]

Pramila started her schooling at age 5 and painting was her hobby. The Second World War had started and since Bombay was a part of the British Empire, there were rumours that Bombay could possible be attacked by the Axis powers. As a result, many middle class families from Bombay started sending their families to their ancestral homes in Konkan. Pramila along with her siblings was sent to Malvan and she completed her fourth standard (which was equal to today's eight standard) from the Anant Shivaji Desai Topiwala High School. At that time, Rashtra Seva Dal activists like Dnyaneshwar Deulkar used to hold the shakha and Pramila started attending it.[2]

The downfall of the Axis Powers including Germany and Japan led to a sense of security among the residents of Bombay, and Pramila returned to the city with her siblings. Pramila was then enrolled in the Chikitsak Samuha Shirolkar High School and she pursued her Matriculation in India from the High School. She started attending a Rashtra Seva Dal shakha at Girgaum since 1945. After her Matriculation in India, Pramila was enrolled in a Home economics course at the Sophia College for Women. But Pramila did not complete the course and after a year at home joined the Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art[4] from which she earned a graduate degree in Fine Arts in the year 1951.[2][5][6]

After Vinoba Bhave started the Bhoodan movement, Pramila painted some posters about the movement with the help of her associates. These posters were published in Sadhana (weekly). In view of her dedication and love for art, she was appointed as a teacher at an Art School where she worked for some time. Although Pramila enjoyed art, she was always attracted towards the Rashtra Deva Dal activities. She also liked dancing and had taken lessons from the accomplished dancer Madame Menaka Leila Sokhey.[2]

She was married to Madhu Dandavate and has a son.

She was elected as member to Mumbai Municipal Corporation during 1968-1973. She had represented Mumbai North Central (Lok Sabha constituency) in 7th Lok Sabha in 1980-84 as Janata Party candidate.[7]

She died in New Delhi on 1 January 2002.[8][9]


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  2. ^ a b c d Surana, Pannalal (2010). Buland Avaaj Baicha (बुलंद आवाज बाईचा). Sadhana Prakashan, Pune. 
  3. ^ Dayal, John (2007). A Matter of Equity: Freedom Of Faith In Secular India. Anamika Publishers & Distributors (P) Ltd. 
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  7. ^ "Member's Profile". Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Pramilla Dandavate is dead". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ex-finance minister Madhu Dandavate dead". Rediff. 12 November 2005. Retrieved 8 June 2016.