Gajanan Digambar Madgulkar
Biography of Gajanan Digambar Madgulkar
Gajānan Digambar Mādgulkar was a prominent Marāthi poet, lyricist, writer and actor from India. He is popularly known in his home state of Maharashtra by just his initials as Ga Di Ma (गदिमा).It can be rightly stated that his contribution to Marathi culture was rich in its content as well as high in its quality.
Madgulkar wrote poetry, short stories, novels, autobiographies and scripts, dialogs and lyrics for Marathi as well as Hindi movies. His poems are well known for being adapted to a wide range of musical forms such as Sugam-Sangeet (light music), Bhāwa-Geet (emotional songs), Bhakti-Geet (devotional songs), and Lāwani (a genre of folk songs in Maharashtra). Madgulkar entered the world of movies in 1938 at Kolhāpur. He contributed to 157 Marathi and 23 Hindi movies.
He had knowledge of 10 languages including Marathi, Hindi, English, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil & Telugu.
He was the elder brother of the famous Marathi writer -Vyankatesh Madgulkar,famous for poetry & novels.
He wrote a much-acclaimed work in Marathi titled Geet Rāmāyan (lit. Ramayana in Songs). It consisted of 56 poems, and its theme was the story in the Sanskrit epic, Rāmāyan. Sudhir Phadke had composed the music for Geet Ramayan and then given its many renditions to the public. After this masterpiece, he was referred to as "Adhunik Valmiki" (Modern Valmiki).
Awards and Recognitions
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1957
Honorary title of "Modern Valmiki" for having composed Geet Ramayan
Gajanan Digambar Madgulkar's Works:
Short Story Collections
Sone Ani Mati.
Teel Ani Tandul.
Ubhe Dhage Aadave Dhage.
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