Vidyadhar Gokhale

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Vidyadhar S. Gokhale (Devanagari: विद्याधर गोखले) (1924–1996) was a political activist, a Marathi playwright, and an editor of a Marathi newspaper, Loksatta (लोकसत्ता), from Maharashtra, India. He was originally from Amravati.

Writing career[edit]

He wrote novel Jhanjhawat (झंझावात ) and the following musical plays:

  • Suvarna Tula (सुवर्णतुला) (1960)
  • Panditraj Jagannath (पंडितराज जगन्नाथ) (1960)
  • Mandarmala (मंदारमाला) (1963)
  • Madanachi Manjiri (मदनाची मंजिरी) (1965)
  • Jai Jai Gauri Shankar (जय जय गौरीशंकर)
  • Bawannkhani (बावन्नखणी)

He formed Ranga Sharada Pratishthan (रंगशारदा प्रतिष्ठान) to stage the above plays.

He presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in Satara in 1993.

Political career[edit]

He had represented Mumbai North Central in 9th Lok Sabha in 1989-91 as Shiv Sena candidate. Throughout his life, he was affiliated with socio-political organizations like RSS, Hindu Mahasabha which are proponents of Hindutva ideology, and was associated with their leaders like Veer Savarkar, Pu Bha Bhave, Balasaheb Deoras.

Personal life[edit]

He had married two sisters before polygamy was outlawed, and thus had two wives. Gokhale's grandson, Omkar Dadarkar, was among the upcoming singers in the early 2010s.