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Babasaheb Purandare conferred with 'Maharashtra Bhushan'2015
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.
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