Shanta Shelke

(19 October 1922 - 6 June 2002 / Indapur, Pune, Maharashtra / India)

Shanta Shelke
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Shanta Janardan Shelke (Devanagari: शांता शेळके) was a gifted Marathi poetess and writer. Apart from this, she was a journalist, a professor, a composer, a story writer, a translator, a writer of child literature, someone who presided over literary gatherings, and more.

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.


Shanta 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 ... more »

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