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.
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.