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Babasaheb Purandare

Babasaheb Purandare

Babasaheb Purandare, a noted Historian and writer of India, has passed away recently.

Key Points

  • About:
    • Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, born on 29th July 1922 in Maharashtra, popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare.
    • He was an author and a historian and was known for his work on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
    • He is famously entitled as Shiv Shahir i.e. ‘Shivaji’s poet’.
  • His famous work:
    • He is known as an eminent authority on the Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji and started writing on his life and achievements at a very young age. He published a book called Thinagya which translates to Sparks on Shivaji.
    • Other works of Babasaheb include books titled Raja Shiva Chatrapati and Kesari along with the book Narayanrao Peshwa.
    • Apart from this, he is best known for his drama Jaanta Raja which has been enacted in 5 languages, since 1985. It was originally written in Marathi.
      • For this drama, he also received the Kalidas Samman from the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 2007-08.
  • Awards & Honours:
    • In 2019, he was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.
    • In 2015, he was awarded with Maharashtra Bhushan Award. It is Maharashtra’s highest Civilian Award.

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