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Who is Babasaheb Purandare?

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (born 29 July 1922), popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, is an Indian writer, historian, and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award on 25 January 2019.

Noted historian and Shivaji expert Babasaheb Purandare critical

Noted historian and Shivaji expert Babasaheb Purandare critical
Noted historian and Shivaji expert Babasaheb Purandare critical

Noted historian and Padma Vibhushan awardee Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, popularly known as ‘Babasaheb’ Purandare, is said to be in a critical condition and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Pune, said sources on Sunday.

Mr. Purandare, an authority on the 17th century Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, was diagnosed with pneumonia a week back and was admitted to the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

“He has been diagnosed with pneumonia owing to advanced age and is on ventilator in the ICU. His health has deteriorated and he is in an extremely critical condition,” said Shirish Yadkikar, hospital’s public relations officer.

The historian’s declining health sparked rumours in a section of the vernacular media and a number of local news portals.

Refuting them, Siddharth Shirole, BJP MLA from Pune’s Shivajinagar constituency tweeted that “Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare is critical and undergoing treatment at the Deenath Mangeshkar Hospital. Please refrain from sharing otherwise.”

Babasaheb Purandare Biography, Wiki

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (बळवंत मोरेश्वर पुरंदरे)(born July 29, 1922, Pune)on Nag Panchami (नाग पंचमी), is a writer and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India. His works are mostly based on the events related to the life of Shivaji, the 17th-century founder of the Maratha Empire; as a result he is sometimes termed as Shiv-Shahir (शिव-शाहीर) (“Shivaji’s bard”).

He is mostly known for his popular play on Shivaji, Jaanta Raja (जाणता राजा) which was popular not only in Maharashtra but also in Andhra Pradesh and Goa. Purandare has also studied the history of the Peshwas of Pune. He is also known for his significant contribution along with Madhav Deshpande & Madhav Mehere as senior party leaders in the early-1970s of Shiv Sena along with Bal Thackeray.

In 2015, he was awarded with Maharashtra Bhushan Award, Maharashtra’s highest civilian award. But controversies are in the air that he should not be awarded due to his obligatory remarks in his novels.

Babasaheb Purandare Biography Wikipedia
Babasaheb Purandare
Full NameBalwant Moreshwar Purandare
Born29 July 1922 (age 99)
Saswad, Poona, British India
Died14 November 2021
Dinanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune
OccupationHistorian, writer, orator
Children3
AwardsPadma Vibhushan (2019)
Maharashtra Bhushan (2015)

Babasaheb Purandare Career

Purandare had started writing stories related to the period of Shivaji’s reign at a very young age, which were later compiled and published in a book titled “Thingya” (“Sparks”).

His other works include books titled Raja Shiva-Chatrapati (राजा शिवछत्रपती) and Kesari, and a book on life of Narayanrao Peshwa. But the most well-known of his works is the drama, Jaanata Raja, a widely popular play on Shivaji Maharaj published and first staged in 1985.

Since then the drama has been staged over 864 times in 16 districts of Maharashtra, Agra, Delhi, Bhopal, and the United States. Originally written in Marathi, this work was later translated into Hindi. This drama is performed by over 200 artists, as well as elephants, camels, and horses. Generally, the performance of this drama begins around Diwali each year.

For his works, in the field of drama, he was awarded the Kalidas Samman by the Madhya Pradesh government for the year 2007-08.

Babasaheb Purandare Personal Life

His wife Nirmala Purandare (1933–2019) was a veteran social activist. She founded Vanasthali organisation in Pune. Her work for rural women, child development was renowned. Her brother, Shree Ga Majgaonkar, and Babasaheb Purandare had a very close association in the field of literature.

Babasaheb Purandare has a daughter (Madhuri) and two sons, Amrut and Prasad. All his children are active in Marathi literary field. Madhuri Purandare, his daughter, is a renowned writer, painter, and singer.

Babasaheb Purandare Criticism

Maratha outfit that has been protesting against Babasaheb Purandare believes that he has sullied the reputation of Maratha warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj through his writings. They also, protested when the Maharashtra government decided to award Maharashtra Bhushan to the writer.

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Who is Babasaheb Purandare?

Balwant Moreshwar Purandare (born 29 July 1922), popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, is an Indian writer, historian, and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India. He was awarded Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award on 25 January 2019.

What has happened to Babasaheb Purandare?

Noted historian and Padma Vibhushan awardee Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, popularly known as ‘Babasaheb’ Purandare, is said to be in a critical condition and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Pune, said sources on Sunday.

How old is Babasaheb Purandare?

Babasaheb Purandare is currently 99 years old.

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