GaDiMa award for historian Purandare

Noted historian and author Babasaheb Purandare has been selected for the prestigious ‘GaDiMa’ Puraskar instituted by the GaDiMa Pratishthan in the memory of eminent author GD Madgulkar. The award includes a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, a memento and a certificate.

Purandare, who studied history under veteran historian Datto Vaman Potdar, dedicated his life to the study of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He toured the forts of Maharashtra by foot or by cycle, which finally led to the popular narrative of Shivaji’s life titled Shiv Charitra. Purandare also has to his name many poems and songs, as well as plays like Mauj Ahe, Smile Please and Ajinkya Mee. He has previously been awarded the Chaitraban Puraskar.

Among other honours to be awarded by the GaDiMa Pratishthan this year is the ‘Gruhini Sakhi Sachiv Puraskar’ that is given to wives of eminent personalities who have carved a niche for themselves while managing the home front. This year the award will be presented to Disha Kelkar, wife of internationally acclaimed linguist Ashok Kelkar. Other recipients of this award include Sunita Deshpande, Sadhana Amte, and Mangala Naralikar.
The ‘GaDiMa’ Snehabandha Puraskar will be presented to Nagnath Naikwadi for his contribution in the independence struggle and illustrious political career post independence.

Aurangabad girl Vaishali Ashok Pawar has been selected for the ‘GaDiMa Paritoshik’, which is awarded to students who excel in the Marathi language. Pawar, who studies at the Bhairomal Tanwani Vidya Mandir at the Gangapur taluka in Aurangabad district, secured the first rank in the state board with 96 per cent in Marathi.
All awards will be presented at a function on December 14 at Tilak Smarak Mandir at 5 pm

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