This page is a list of notable Marathi people. This list contains people with Marathi ethnicity and may not have lived in Maharashtra. For people living in Maharashtra see List of people from Maharashtra. The Marathi people or Maharashtrians () are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, that inhabit the Maharashtra region and state of western India. Their language Marathi is part of the southern group of Indo-Aryan languages. Although their history goes back more than a millennium, the community came to prominence when Maratha warriors under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj established the Maratha Empire in 1674. Mee Marathi (मी मराठी, I am Marathi) are two words that have always inculcated Marathi pride.