Historian and writer Babasaheb Purandare was on 19 August 2015 awarded with Maharashtra Bhushan Award 2015. He was bestowed this award in literature category by Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at a function held at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai.
He was credited with writing the first historical work on 16th century Great Maratha king Chattrapati Shivaji. Babasaheb Purandare is famously known as Shiv Shahir, Shivaji’s poet.
He is best known for his book Raja Shiv Chhatrapati and popular play Janata Raja. His book Raja Shiv Chhatrapati has more than 16 editions and is widely read across the state. While the Janata Raja play has been performed more than 850 times, it has been staged in India as well as in United States.
About Maharashtra Bhushan Award
• Instituted in 1995, it is a highest civilian award of Maharashtra state and is presented annually by the state government.
• It was initially conferred in the fields of Art, Science, Literature and Sport. Later, it encompassed Journalism, Social Work, Public Administration and Health Services.
• Eminent Marathi writer and humorist Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was first recipient of this prestigious award in 1996.
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Who: Babasaheb Purandare
When: 19 August 2015
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