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.
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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.