Sunil Khandbahale

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Sunil Shivaji Khandbahale
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Khandbahale 2015
Born (1978-06-01) June 1, 1978 (age 42)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
MIT Sloan School of Management
OccupationFounder & CEO, KHANDBAHALE.COM
Founder & Secretory, Global Prosperity Foundation
Co-Founder & President, Kumbhathon

Sunil Shivaji Khandbahale (born June 1, 1978) is a MIT Sloan Fellow, Innovator and Entrepreneur from Nashik, India.[1] He is best known as a founder and CEO of KHANDBAHALE.COM, a free multilingual digital dictionary and translation platform for 23 languages, with a vocabulary of 10 million words and phrases.[2][3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Khandbahale was born in Nashik.[5] He could not afford to enroll at a computer training institute after graduating high school, and so borrowed books and computer from his friend and taught himself programming.


Khandbahale developed a dictionary search engine program for Marathi.[6] He continued compiling dictionaries, and in 2005, set up an online dictionary portal,, for various Indian languages.[7][2] He is Sloan Fellow and earned a masters in business management MBA degree at MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[8]

In 2012, he launched 12 Language Dictionary on 12 December 2012 at 12 hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds.[9][10] In early 2013 Khandbahale launched his twelve-languages dictionary on an SMS platform.[11] His Languages Apps are also available on the Android platform.[12][13]

He also founded KHANDBAHALE.ORG, an organization which develops language-related projects such as Global Language Networking, Global Language Heritage, Global Language Friendship, Global Language Environment. He is a founder and secretary of the Global Prosperity Foundation, an NGO that focused on education, health and environment. In 2013 he was given an award as a youth icon by the Maharashtra Times.[14][15] On 27 December 2013, he co-founded Kumbhathon with MIT Professor Ramesh Raskar, an innovation platform to spot problems and probe solutions in Nashik.[16][17][18][19] In 2014, in conjunction with Mumbai University, he started developing an English to Sanskrit thesaurus for use with mobile phones.[20]



  1. ^ "Find an English match online in Marathi, Hindi and now Gujarati". Indian Express, Pranav Kulkarni : Pune, Jun 23 2009.
  2. ^ a b Rajmohan Sooraj (November 3, 2013). "Words without borders". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Young Achievers". Indian Express. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Go, make your own road". The Telegraph, 11.02.2015
  5. ^ "Kumbhathons". Kuwait Times, 15 August, 2015, page 14
  6. ^ "आता बोलता शब्दकोश". Maharashtra Times. 11 January 2003. Retrieved 5 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "First English-Marathi online dictionary launched". The Economic Times. June 10, 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LEGATUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP". MIT Legatum ENTREPRENEURS. Legatum Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 26 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "12th language added in online dictionary", DNA India
  10. ^ "Online dictionaries launched in 12 languages on 12-12-12". Deccan Herald, December 12, 2012
  11. ^ "Translate Marathi words into English using mobile phone". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "Android Apps : KHANDBAHALE.COM". Google Play Store. Google. Retrieved 26 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Android-based language Apps". KHANDBAHALE.COM. KHANDBAHALE.COM. Retrieved 26 June 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ a b "Youth Icon". Maharashtra Times. March 16, 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Parents protest against school". Times of India, March 8, 2013
  16. ^ "From Waze for crowds to Uber for street food – MIT innovations at Kumbh Mela ". The Guardian
  17. ^ "KumbhaThon: MIT team visits Nashik to help for Kumbhmela". DNA.
  18. ^ "India's Kumbhamela is incubator for smart city ideas" THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
  19. ^ "Kumbhathon to focus on tech - Sunil Khandbahale Times of India
  20. ^ "Soon, learn Sanskrit via your cellphone". Hindustan Times.
  21. ^ CSI Yashokirti Award
  22. ^ Khandbahale receiving CSI award from D B Pathak IIT Mumbai Chairman
  23. ^ The Second Edition of India Digital Awards
  24. ^ IAMAI India Digital Award Winners
  25. ^ mBillionth Award, South Asia 2012
  26. ^ VASVIK Award Winners in Information & Communication Technology

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