Shanta Shelke Biography

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 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 Work

She 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.

Awards and Recognitions

Soor Singaar award for her song Mage ubha mangesh (मागे उभा मंगेश, पुढ़े उभा मंगेश)
Govt. of India award of excellent for song-writing for her cinema Bhujang (भुजंग)
Ga Di Madgulkar award in 1996.
Yashvantrao Chawan Pratishan Award in 2001, for her contribution to Marathi literature.


Shanta Shelke died of cancer, on June 6, 2002.

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