‘Shivaji’s poet’ to be conferred Maharashtra Bhushan

Best known for his works on the life of Chattrapati Shivaji, Babasaheb Purandare is still active in the social arena.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: May 1, 2015 2:35 am
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Veteran historian and writer Shiv Shahir Babasaheb Purandare will be conferred with the prestigious Maharashtra Bhushan award by the state government.

A committee headed by state cultural affairs minister Vinod Tawade selected Purandare for the award and the decision was approved by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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Best known for his works on the life of Chattrapati Shivaji, the 92-year-old is still active in the social arena. His widely popular book on King Shivaji, Raja Shiv Chhatrapati, and popular play, Janata Raja, are considered to be masterpieces on the life and times of the 16th century Maratha king.

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, born on July 29, 1922, better known as Babasaheb is often credited with writing the first popular history of the Chattrapati Shivaji era and so is referred to as Shiv Shahir – Shivaji’s poet.

Speaking to mediapersons, Purandare expressed his happiness on the announcement and said it was an honour.


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  1. भारती मुसळे
    May 2, 2015 at 6:45 pm
    पुरंदरे बुद्धिमान अनुभवी इतिहासकार आहेत ज्यांनी त्या विषयावर गाढ़ा अभ्यास केला शिवाजीराजांनवर प्रेम केले त्यांना मत मांडायचा अधिकार जातो
    1. विजय विठ्ठल
      May 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm
      महाराजांचे कार्य नवीन पिढीपुढे आणणा-या बाबासाहेब पुरंदरे यांचा आपल्या जातीय राजकारणाकरिता तिरस्कार करणा-या राजकीय नेत्यांच्या निषेधार्थ बाबासाहेबांनी हा पुरस्कार शासनाला परत करावा. या देशातील जनतेने बाबासाहेबांना दिलेले प्रेम शासनाच्या पुरस्कारापेक्षा खूप मोठे आहे. खालच्या पातळीवरचे राजकीय वाद करणा-या पुरस्कारांपेक्षा हे प्रेम खूप बरे.
      1. P
        Jul 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm
        Babasaheb Puare is a leading historian and intellectual of India. His contribution to historical research is immense. He has worked tirelessly to imbibe the feeling of patriotism among the youth of Maharashtra. Babasaheb Puare is an inspiration for the young generation. Kudos to BJP's Maharashtra government for awarding him Maharashtra Bhushan award.
        1. sachin Kapse
          May 1, 2015 at 11:11 am
          Congratulations to Maharashtra Govt.