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|Born||19 Oct 1922|
|Died||6 June 2002 (aged 79)|
Some of her compositions became immortal either as stand-alone poetic works or as songs sung by Marathi greats like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosale and Kishori Amonkar, to name a few.
BackgroundShanta Shelke was born in Indapur, Pune. She was educated in Pune's Sir Parshurambhau College (S. P. College). She completed her M.A. in Marathi and Sanskrit and stood first in Bombay University. During this time, she also won the Na. Chi. Kelkar and Chiplunkar awards.
She spent 5 years working as assistant editor of the weekly Navyug run by Acharya Atre. She then moved to Nagpur to work as a professor of Marathi in Hislop College, Nagpur. She retired after long service from Dayanand College, Mumbai and settled in Pune.
During her working career in Mumbai, she also served in
- The Film Censor board
- The Theatre examination board
- The Govt. book award
Her workShe contributed extensively to Marathi literature in the form of poems, stories, novels, character sketches, interviews, critiques, introductions, etc. She also helped translate English cinema and wrote for newspaper columns.
News paper columnsSome such newspaper columns were later converted into books. Examples include:
- Ek pani (एक पानी)
- Translation: Single pager
- Madarangi (मदरंगी)
- Janta Ajanata (जाणता अजाणता)
- Translation: Knowning Unknowingly
Lalit LiteratureShe also produced lalit literature like
- Anandache Jhad (आनंदाचे झाड)
- Translation: The tree of happiness
- Pavsaadhicha Paus (पावसाआधीचा पाउस)
- Translation:The rain before the rains
- Sansmarane (संस्मरणे)
- DhoolPati (धूळपाटी) - an introspective autobiography.
- Avad Nivad (आवड निवड)
- Translation: Likes dislikes
- Vadildhari Manase (वडीलधारी माणसे) - a collection of character sketches.
- Translation: Father figures
NovelsShe penned novels like:
- Odh (ओढ)
- Dharma (धर्म)
- Punarjanma (पुनर्जन्म)
- Chikkhaldrayancha Mantrik (चिखलदर्यांचा मांत्रिक)
- Nararakshas (नरराक्शस)
- Bhishanchaya (भीषण छाया)
- Majha Khel Mandu De (माझा खेळ मांडू दे)
- Vijhti Jyot (विझती ज्योत)