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Marathi Sahitya and Dilli

By Vijay Satokar
Aug 04, 2016

There is something very special to Marathi littérateurs in  Dilli. Arguably the most known and talked about by international media, featured on television shows including Shekhar Gupta’s ‘Walk the Talk’ on NDTV is Laxman Rao who sits, yes, on a footpath, near the capital’s Hindi Bhavan.

Laxman Rao is not a Andhraait as his name would suggest. He is from a village in Amravati. Sitting on footpath, Laxman Rao runs a tea stall and writes books. He doubles up as a publisher. And as a publisher, he himself sets off on his bicycle to sell his books. Laxman Rao has several books to his credit. He was honoured by President Pratibha Patil and interviewed by former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha who conducted the interview on the road-side tea stall of Laxman Rao.

Then you have Dr. B G Matapurkar, a scientist of world repute for his research in stem cell research. Dr. Matapurkar is a poet and has published work in Marathi.

Delhi’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi in its ‘Kavi Sandhi’ programme hosted IFS Officer Dnyaneshwar Mulay. Mulay, fluent in Japanese read out his poems in Hindi and on demand, in Marathi too. The list could be long..Shekhar, a former hand in DRDO, Neelesh Kulkarni and many more.

Efforts are on to provide a forum for these Marathi literatures in the capital. Aamchidilli is coordinating with Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal to explore the possibility of  Delhi having its own Marathi literary body. 

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