Atmaram Raoji Deshpande

[Kavi Anil] (1901–1982 / Vidarbha, Maharashtra / India)

Biography of Atmaram Raoji Deshpande

Atmaram Raoji Deshpande poet

Atmaram Raoji Deshpande (Marathi: आत्माराम रावजी देशपांडे) was a Marathi poet from Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. He wrote poems under the pen name Anil (अनिल). He was born on 11 September 1901 at Murtijapur in Akola district of Central India. He was married to Kusum Jayawant in 1929 who took the name Kusumavati Deshpande, was also a Marathi writer.

Deshpande introduced free style --Muktachhand (मुक्तछंद)-- poetry to Marathi literature. He also introduced in Marathi Dashapadi (दशपदी), a new genre of sonnets comprising ten lines. His collection of poems with the same name Dashapadi (दशपदी) received a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977. He was elected for Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979.

He presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (मराठी साहित्य सम्मेलन) at Malvan in 1958.

A more detailed biographical sketch of Deshpande is available in reference.

Atmaram Raoji Deshpande's Works:

The following are the titles of collections of Deshpande's poems:

Phulwat (फुलवात) (1932)
Bhagnamoorti (भग्नमूर्ति) (1940)
Nirwasit Chini Mulas (निर्वासित चिनी मुलास) (1943)
Perte Wha (पेर्ते व्हा)(1947)
Sangati (सांगाती) (1961)
“Dashapadi (दशपदी) (1976)

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