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Babasaheb Purandare conferred with 'Maharashtra Bhushan'2015

Babasaheb Purandare  

History writer Balwant Moreshwar Purandare was on Wednesday conferred with the 'Maharashtra Bhushan' award, the state's highest honour, at a glittering function in Mumbai. The award ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai amidst tight security after the BJP-led state government's decision to honour Purandare received criticism from some sections of the Maratha community, which had protested against the move.

Purandare, who was born on 19 August, 1921, started writing about the life of Shivaji from a very young age. He is known for his books like Raja Shiv Chhatrapati, Purandaryanchi Daulat, Purandaryanchi Naubat and Gadsanch which are considered masterpieces on the life and times of the 16th century Maratha warrior king.

About Maharashtra Bhushan Award: It is a highest civilian award of Maharashtra state presented annually by the state government. It was instituted in 1995 by then Shivsena- BJP alliance government. It was initially conferred in the fields of Art, Science, Literature and Sport. Later the other fields such as Journalism, Social Work, Public Administration and Health Services were included. Eminent Marathi writer and humourist Purushottam Laxman Deshpande was first recipient of this prestigious award in 1996.

Maharashtra Bhushan  Award List :-

Year

Name

Field

1996

 

Purushottam Laxman Deshpande

 

 

Literature

 

1997

 

Lata Mangeshkar

 

Arts, Music

1999

 

Vijay Bhatkar

 

Science

2001

 

Sachin Tendulkar

 

Sports

2002

 

Bhimsen Joshi

 

Arts, Music

2003

  Abhay and Rani Bang

Medical Services

2004

 

Baba Amte

 

 

Social Work

 

2005

  Raghunath Anant Mashelkar

Science

2006

 

Ratan Tata

 

Public Administration

2007

 

R. K. Patil

 

Social Work

2008

 

Nana Dharmadhikari

 

Social Work

2008

 

Mangesh Padgaonkar

 

Literature

2009

Sulochana Latkar

Art, Cinema

2010

 

Jayant Narlikar

 

Science

2011

 

Dr. Anil Kakodkar

 

Science

2015

 

Babasaheb Purandare

 

Literature