Shivaji Sawant

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Shivaji Sawant
Native name शिवाजी सावंत
Born (1940-08-31)31 August 1940
Aajra, Kolhapur district, Maharashtra, India
Died 18 September 2002(2002-09-18) (aged 62)
Occupation Writer, Teacher, Editor

Shivaji Sawant (Marathi: शिवाजी सावंत; 31 August 1940 – 18 September 2002) was a renowned novelist in Marathi. He is known as Mrityunjaykaar (meaning Maker of Mrityunjay) for writing the famous Marathi novel Mrityunjay.[1] He was the first Marathi writer to be awarded with prestigious Moortidevi Award in 1994.[2]

He wrote a book Mrityunjay (English: Triumph Over Death) based on Karna, one of the leading characters of the epic Mahabharat. This book was translated into Hindi (1974), English (1989), Kannada (1990), Gujarati (1991), Malayalam (1995) and received numerous awards and accolades. In 1980 he wrote a book Chhava based on Great Sambhaji Maharaj's life.

He held the post of the vice-president of Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad since 1995. He was president of Baroda Sahitya Sammelan in 1983.

Early life[edit]

He was born in a small farmer family of Ajara village in Kolhapur district in Maharashtra. He finished his school education in 'Vyankatrao High School Ajara'. He worked with Rajaram Prashala, Kolhapur as a teacher for 20 years and afterwords as editor with Maharashtra education department's monthly magazine Lokshikshan for six years in Pune (1974–1980).[1]



  • Mrityunjay (Mythological Novel)
  • Chhava (Novel)
  • Yugandhar (Novel)
  • Kavadase
  • Kanchan Kan
  • Ladhat
  • Ashi Mane Ase Namune
  • Krantisihachi Gavran Boli (compilation)
  • Purushottamnama


  • Mrityunjay
  • Chhava
  • Glimpse of the Past

He was not only a historical writer but also a political writer.


Mrityunjay is a novel very famous in the Marathi compositions . It is based on Karna, the greatest warrior in the epic of Mahabharata. It was awarded with many of the prizes and awards given by the Jnanpith (Moorti Devi Award).

Mrityujaya was translated in many other languages. Dr P K chandran & Dr Jayashree translated the book in to Malayalam (Karnan), which won Kendra Sahitya Akademy Award for translation in the year 2001


Yugandhar is another Novel of Shivaji Sawant based on the life of Krishna, a great character in Mahabharata and other narrative epics as well as the God of the Hindus.Yugandhar is one of the best and most famous Novel of Marathi language and it is awarded with many of the prizes and awards given by the Sahitya Academy.

Personal life[edit]

Sawant was married to Mrinalini. He has a son Amitabh and daughter Kadambini.[1]


On 18 September 2002, Sawant died at the age of 62 of cardiac arrest in Goa. He was campaigning for the post of President of 76th All India Marathi Literary Conference.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Marathi novelist Shivaji Sawant dead". rediff. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "MOORTIDEVI LAUREATES". Bharatiya Jnanpith. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 11. Shivaji Sawant (1994), Marathi 

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