Historian Babasaheb Purandare

Who was Babasaheb Purandare? What was his achievement in Marathi Sahitya Jagat? The famous  Balwant Moreshwar Purandare books. Balwant Moreshwar Purandare a famous historian, popularly known as Babasaheb Purandare, was an Indian writer, historian and theatre personality from Maharashtra, India. He was awarded with Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award, on 25 January 2019. Babasaheb was a history writer who is particularly known for his writings on Maharaja Chhatrapati Shivaji.

India's noted historian and writer Babasaheb Purandare passed away on Monday, 15 November 2021 morning at Dinanath Mangeshkar Memorial Hospital in Pune. He was 99 years old. According to the hospital administration, Baba Saheb Purandare was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, where he was later put on ventilator after his condition turned critical. Since then his condition could not improve. It is an irreparable loss for Marathi Manush as well as for the entire country. After the news of his death, his fans across the country have expressed grief. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced a funeral with state honors for Babasaheb.
Marathi theater artist and famous Indian history writer Babasaheb Purandare
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What characteristics of Babasaheb give him a unique identity?

He was a writer, historian as well as a theater artist.

Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honor was conferred with in 2019, Purandare has received several awards such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Gaurav Puraskar, Shiv-Sahir Degree, Punya Bhushan, Jeewan Gaurav, Maharashtra Bhushan and Shiv Bhushan.

The craze of the famous play 'Janta Raja' in 1985. That was his famous play.


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छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज के प्रति बाबासाहेब पुरंदरे का विशेष लगाव था. यही कारण है कि अपने लेखन और थिएटर करियर के आठ दशकों में, पुरंदरे ने छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज पर 12,000 से अधिक व्याख्यान दिए. महान पुरंदरे जी ने मराठा साम्राज्य के सभी किलों और इतिहास का अध्ययन किया, जिससे उन्हें इस विषय पर अधिकार मिला। इनकी यही खासियत उन्हें दूसरे इतिहासकारों से अलग पहचान दिलाती है. 

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Fan of Chhatrapati Shivaji

Babasaheb Purandare had a special attachment towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. That is why in the eight decades of his writing and theater career, Purandare delivered over 12,000 lectures on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The great Purandare ji studied all the forts and history of the Maratha Empire, which gave him authority over the subject.


Babasaheb Purandare ji's writing journey


इन्होने (पुरंदरे जी ने ) बहुत कम उम्र से ही छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज पर लिखना शुरू कर दिया था.  इनके लेखन को सराहा गया. उन्होंने बहुत से निबंध और कहानियां लिखीं, जिन्हें बाद में एक पुस्तक रूप थिनाग्य (स्पार्क्‍स) में प्रकाशित किया गया। चर्चित लेखक और रंगमंच व्यक्तित्व बलवंत मोरेश्वर उर्फ बाबासाहेब पुरंदरे, जो छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज पर अपने विद्वतापूर्ण कार्यों के लिए प्रसिद्ध हैं. पूरा महाराष्ट्र इनके व्यक्तित्व से प्रभावित है.


He (Purandare ji) started writing on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj from a very young age. He wrote a number of essays and short stories, which were later published in a book form, Thinagya (Sparksa). Noted writer and theater personality Balwant Moreshwar alias Babasaheb Purandare, who is known for his scholarly works on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Entire Maharashtra is influenced by his personality.

इनके द्वारा लिखित और निर्देशित ऐतिहासिक नाटक जांता राजा (1985), जो 200 से अधिक कलाकारों द्वारा प्रदर्शित एक नाटकीय कृति है. इस सुप्रसिद्ध ऐतिहासिक नाटक का पांच भाषाओं में अनुवाद और अभिनय किया गया है और महाराष्ट्र, गोवा, दिल्ली, उत्तर प्रदेश, आंध्र प्रदेश और संयुक्त राज्य अमेरिका में 1,250 से अधिक स्टेज शो देखे गए हैं।

The historical drama Janta Raja (1985), written and directed by him, is a dramatic work performed by over 200 artists. This well-known historical drama has been translated and acted in five languages ​​and has seen over 1,250 stage shows in Maharashtra, Goa, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and the United States.

लेखन और निर्देशन में नाम रोशन किया


लेखन प्रतिभा के धनी बाबासाहेब पुरंदरे ने मुख्यतः ऐतिहासिक विषयों पर लिखा। इन्होने इसके अलावा, कई बेहतरीन उपन्यास और नाटक भी लिखे। ऐतिहासिक रूप से प्रशंसित नाटक ‘जनता राजा’ का निर्देशन किया। इस नाटक ने इन्हें अंतर्राष्ट्रीय स्तर पर ख्याति दिलवाई.

Babasaheb Purandare, rich in writing talent, mainly wrote on historical subjects. Apart from this, he also wrote many great novels and plays. Directed the historically acclaimed play 'Janata Raja'. This play brought him international fame.

Major Works of Babasaheb Purandare Ji


एक लेखक के रूप में इनके ‘सावित्री’, ‘जलत्या थिंग्या’, ‘मुजर्यचे मनकारी’, ‘राजा शिवछत्रपति’, ‘महाराज’, ‘शेलारखिंड’, ‘पुरंदर्यंचा सरकारवाड़ा’, ‘शंवरवादयतिला शामदान’, ‘शिलंगनाचा सोनम’, ‘पुरंदर की बुरुजवंतिनीचा’, ‘कलांगनाचा’ ‘महाराजची राजचिंहे’, ‘पुरंदरयांची नौबत’ आदि साहित्य प्रकाशित हो चुके हैं। महाराष्ट्र के प्रमुख इतिहासकार पुरंदरे जी द्वारा राजा शिवछत्रपति के 16 संस्करण प्रकाशित हो चुके हैं और 5 लाख से अधिक प्रतियां प्रकाशित हो चुकी हैं। साहित्य के अलावा इतिहास से जुड़े विषयों का लेखन इनकी प्रसिद्धि का मुख्य कारण कहा जा सकता है. मराठी मानस पर इनके साहित्य की गहरी छाप है.
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As a writer, his 'Savitri', 'Jalatya Thingya', 'Muzaryache Mankari', 'Raja Shivchatrapati', 'Maharaj', 'Shelarkhind', 'Purandaryancha Sarkarwada', 'Shanvarvadaytila ​​Shamdan', 'Shillanganacha Sonam', 'Purandar' Literature like 'Burujwantinacha', 'Kalanganacha', 'Maharajachi Rajchinhe', 'Purandrayanchi Naubat' etc. have been published. 16 editions of Raja Shivchatrapati have been published by Purandare J, a prominent historian of Maharashtra and more than 5 lakh copies have been published.

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