Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar
: विष्णु सखाराम खांडेकर) (January 19, 1898 – September 2, 1976) (V. S. Sakharam Khandekar) was an eminent Marathi
writer from Maharashtra
Khandekar was born in Sangli
. His father was a munsif
in Sangli principality. In his early life, he was interested in acting in dramas and staged several dramas in his school days.
Professional and literary life
In 1920, Khandekar started working as a school teacher in a small town, Shirode
, in the present-day Sindhudurg district
of the Konkan
region in Maharashtra. He worked in that school until 1938. While working as a teacher, Khandekar produced in his spare time abundant Marathi literature in various forms. In his lifetime, he wrote sixteen novels, six plays, around 250 short stories, 50 allegorical stories, 100 essays, and over 200 critiques.
Honors and awards
In 1941, Khandekar was elected as the president of the annual Marathi Sahitya Sammelan
(Marathi Literary Conference) in Solapur
. In 1968, the Government of India honored him with a Padma Bhushan
award in recognition of his literary accomplishments. Two years later, he was also honored with the Sahitya Akademi Fellowship
of the Indian Sahitya Akademi
. Shivaji University
conferred on him an honorary degree of D.Litt.
In 1998, the Government of India issued a commemorative postage stamp in his honor.
Khandekar's novel Yayāti
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