11 Facts About Babasaheb Purandare


Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, was an Indian historian and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India.

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Babasaheb Purandare was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's highest second-civilian award on 25 January 2019.

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Babasaheb Purandare's works are mostly based on the events related to the life of Shivaji maharaj, the 17th-century founder of the Maratha Empire; as a result he is termed as Shiv-Shahir.

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Babasaheb Purandare is mostly known for his popular play on Shivaji Jaanta Raja which was popular not only in Maharashtra but in Andhra Pradesh and Goa.

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Babasaheb Purandare is known for his significant contribution along with Madhav Deshpande and Madhav Mehere as senior party leaders in the early-1970s of Shiv Sena along with Balasaheb Thackeray.

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Babasaheb 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 "Thinagya".

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Babasaheb Purandare's wife Nirmala Purandare was a veteran social activist.

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Babasaheb Purandare was known for working amongst rural women, and in the area of child development.

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Madhuri Babasaheb Purandare, his daughter, is a renowned writer, painter, and singer.

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Babasaheb Purandare died from pneumonia on 15 November 2021, at the age of 99 in a hospital in Pune.

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Political workers that had been protesting against Babasaheb Purandare alleged that he has sullied the reputation of Maratha warrior-king Shivaji through his writings.

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