‘Poet of the Underworld’ Namdeo Dhasal passes away at 64

In 2007, Amitabh and Salman had helped raise funds for Dhasal whose family was on the verge of selling their house to pay his medical bills.

Mumbai | Published:January 15, 2014 1:25 pm
Dhasal, who was battling with colorectal cancer, died at the Bombay Hospital. His last rites would be performed on Thursday. Dhasal, who was battling with colorectal cancer, died at the Bombay Hospital. His last rites would be performed on Thursday.

Renowned Marathi poet and firebrand activist Namdeo Dhasal passed away in Mumbai on Wednesday after a prolonged illness at the age of 64.

Dhasal, who was battling with colorectal cancer, died at the Bombay Hospital. His last rites would be performed on Thursday.

Dhasal was one of the founders of the militant Dalit Panther movement which started after the casteist riots in Worli’s BDD chawls in the late ’60s. He was also a pioneer of the Dalit literature movement known for its deep concern for the under-privileged.

The Padma Shri awardee also has a medical history of myasthenia gravis which is one of the lesser known auto-immune disorders.

In 2007, actors Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan had helped raise funds for Dhasal whose family was on the verge of selling their house to pay his medical bills.

Also a rights activist, Dhasal received the Nehru award for his book ‘Golpitha’. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Sahitya Akadami award for his contribution for literature.

Dhasal’s selected poems were translated into English under the title “Namdeo Dhasal: Poet of the Underworld”, Poems 1972-2006.

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    Asokan
    Jan 15, 2014 at 10:44 am
    what do you mean by ' Under world" , did he have anything to do with the under world?
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    Parlikad Venkatakrishnan
    Jan 15, 2014 at 1:31 pm
    He was fighting for the Underdogs. But he could make a difference to their lives. The Dalits have a long way sinc e he started his Dali Panther movement. May his soul rest in Peace
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