Mangesh Padgaonkar well-known Marathi poet passed away [ Current Affairs ]

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Mangesh Padgaonkar well-known Marathi poet passed away in Mumbai, Maharashtra on after a brief illness at the age of 86. He was best known for many poetry presentation programmes and for writing lyrics for many Marathi films.

He was iconic Marathi poet.

About Mangesh Padgaonkar

  • He was born on 10 March 1929 in Vengurla, Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra.
  • He had completed his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Marathi and Sanskrit from the University of Bombay.
  • From 1970 to 1990, Padgaonkar had served as an editor at the US Information Service (USIS) both in Mumbai.
  • US Library of Congress has acquired 31 publications of him from his 40 40 publications.
  • He had given lyrics of many Marathi songs like Ya Jaganyawar Shatada Prem Karawe, Shukratara Mand Wara and Bhatukalichya Khelamadhali.
  • In 1983, Padgaonkar also had write University of Pune’s theme song Punyamayee De Amha Akshar Vardaan.
  • In 1965, he has published a book Mira after translated works of Mirabai (6th century mystic poet and devotee of Krishna).
  • Bible is also translated by him as “The New Testament in Marathi” in 2008.
  • He also had translated works of Surdas and Kabir in Marathi and also Shakespeare’s plays The Julius Ceasar, Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.

Awards and Honours:

  • Sahitya Academy Award (1980) for his collection of poems Salam,
  • MP Literary Conference Award (1956),
  • Maharashtra State Award in 1953 and 1955,
  • Maharashtra Bhushan Award (2008) and
  • Padma Bhushan (2013).
  • He was honored with the second Vishwa Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held in Dubai in 2010.

- Published on: January 1, 2016