Shirish Atre-Pai

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Shirish Pai (Devanagari: शिरीष पै) (15 November 1929[1] – 2 September 2017[2]) was a social worker and a writer from Maharashtra, India. She had written in Marathi and English, primarily the former.

Early life[edit]

Shirish is the elder daughter of Acharya Atre. She has a college degree in Law from Government College of Law, Mumbai.[citation needed]


She joined her father's newspaper, Maratha, as a journalist.[3] She was deeply influenced by the Soviet thinking and way of life, and toured the Soviet Union and other Eastern Block countries.[citation needed] Alongside her father, Shirish played a role in the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.[citation needed]


She has written several books; they include collections of her poems. She introduced the haiku form of poetry to Marathi literature in 1975.[3] She has also translated Japanese haiku into Maranthi and English.[4] Her literary work has received several national and state awards.

In a newspaper interview in June 2011 she revealed that she had started writing and composing poems from the time she was in secondary school and received great encouragement from her father in this regard.[citation needed]


Shirish was married to lawyer and journalist Vyankatesh Pai. They have two sons, Rajendra Pai and Vikramaditya Pai who are both lawyers. She resided, and died, in Mumbai.[2]


  1. ^ लेखिका आणि सामाजिक कार्यकर्त्या शिरीष पै यांचे निधन (in Marathi)
  2. ^ a b Marathi poet, activist Shirish Pai passes away
  3. ^ a b Thiagarajan, A. "Shirish Pai – An Introduction". Boloji. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  4. ^ Ramesh, Kala. "A History of Indian Haiku" (PDF). The Haiku Foundation. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

External links[edit]

The following web page lists Shirish Pai's books: