|Sharad Prabhakar Gogate|
27 June 1936|
|Occupation||Publisher, Publishing expert, Writer|
Sharad Prabhakar Gogate is the youngest son of Mr. Prabhakar Gopal Gogate and Mrs. Sumati Prabhakar Gogate of Bhusawal. He comes from a family of lawyers; his father as well as both his grandfathers were practicing lawyers.
He went to Pune for education in 1953. He received his college education at Fergusson College and ILS Law College at Pune. After L.L.B., though he had thought of practicing in the Mumbai High court, he discovered his love for books and got into the book selling business instead.
In 1966, Gogate married Pushpa Ranade of Nasik, who herself went on to become a well-known writer in Marathi.
Gogate has been associated with Book selling and publishing since 1963. He worked in a big book shop on Deccan Gymkhana called “Deccan Book Stall” in Pune, before starting his own book shop – Saraswat (Marathi: सारस्वत), in 1968. He started a publishing company in 1975 called Shubhada – Saraswat (Marathi: शुभदा – सारस्वत).
Notable works published by Shubhada Saraswat
Important reference works
- Marathi – English Dictionary by Moleswarth
- English-Marathi Dictionary by N. B. Ranade
- Vyutpatti Kosh (व्युत्पत्तिकोश) by K.P. Kulkarni
- Gomantak: Prakruti Ani Sanskruti (3 Volumes) by B. D. Satoskar
- Bharatiya Tatwadnyanacha Bruhad Itihaas (12 Volumes) by G. N. Joshi
Other award-winning publications
- Khandalyachya Ghatasaathi By Shubhada Gogate
- Aaranyak by Milind Vatwe
- Sanskrit Va Prakrit Bhasha by Madhav Deshpande
Other notable publication
And a very notable publication of Shubhada – Saraswat which created quite a storm when it was first published in 1983, is Yes, I am Guilty! by Munawwar Shah.
Sharad Gogate retired from active book publishing in 2001 and turned to writing. All his writing has been about his passion – book publishing. His most notable writing is Marathi GranthPrakashanachi 200 Varshe (Marathi: मराठी ग्रन्थप्रकाशनाची 200 वर्षे), which is a comprehensive study of first 200 years of Marathi Publishing from 1805 to 2005. This has been a very difficult work to complete and needed a lot of research. Not a whole lot of material was easily available and not many publishers of present day were able to help to put together the journey of Marathi publishing over the 200 years. He explains this in detail in the preface of the book.
He has been a guest lecturer at various courses and workshops on publishing conducted by University of Pune as well as other well-known educational institutes.