|Name Shanta Shelke|
|Died June 6, 2002|
Similar Suresh Bhat, Kusumagraj, Mangesh Padgaonkar
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Shanta Janardan Shelke (Marathi: शान्ता शेळके) (12 October 1922 – 6 June 2002) was a Marathi poet and writer of Marathi language. She was also a noted journalist, and academic. Her work included song compositions, a stories, a translations, literature for children. She presided over many literary gatherings.
- Marathi kavita kalajatale anek adnyat pradesh by shanta shelke
- Seema Bakshi reading out Shanta Shelkes poems
- Shanta Shelkes work
- Newspaper columns
- Lalit Literature
- Poetical and song collections
- Awards and recognitions
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. Her pen name is Vasant Avsare.
Seema Bakshi reading out Shanta Shelke's poems
Shanta Shelke was born in Indapur, Pune. She completed her primary education in Mahatma Gandhi Vidyalaya, Rajgurunagar and high school education from Huzurpaga (HHCP High School), Pune. She did her graduation 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 Maharshi Dayanand College, [Parel, Mumbai] and settled in Pune.
During her working career in Mumbai, she also served in
Shanta Shelke's work
Shanta Shelke contributed to Marathi literature in the form of poems, stories, novels, character sketches, interviews, critiques, and introductions. She also helped translate English cinema and wrote for newspaper columns.
Some of her newspaper columns were later converted into books.
Poetical and song collections
Though children's literature was her favourite subject, she gained popularity as a poet and music composer.
Apart from her contributions to Marathi literature, Shanta Shelke was equally famous for writing lyrics for Marathi songs. She penned songs for more than 300 films.
She wrote her first song for the film Ram Ram Pavna (राम राम पाव्हणं) in 1950. Her initial songs captured the imagination of her audience and made her a household name:
Some of her memorable creations are:
Music composer Kaushal Inamdar composed an entire album of her songs called 'Shubhra Kalya Moothbhar' when Shanta Shelke was elected President of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in 1996. The songs in the CD were:
1) Kalyanche Divas Phulanchya Raati – Sung by Bhagyashree Mule
2) Aaj Avelich Kashi Saanj Zhaali – Sung by Pt. Satyasheel Deshpande
3) Mala Vatate Ga Nava Janma Gheu – Sung by Shobha Joshi
4) Sampale Swapna Te Shodhisi Ka Punha – Sung by Ajit Parab
5) Gharaparatichya Vaatevarati – Sung by Sadhana Sargam
6) Shubhra Kalya Moothbhar – Sung by Shobha Joshi
7) Ranparya – Sung by Pratibha Damle, Shilpa Pai & Suchitra Inamdar
8) Kahi Bolalis Ka – Sung by Rishikesh Kamerkar & Ranjana Jogalekar
9) Disato Tula Ka Sajani – Sung by Pt. Satyasheel Deshpande
10) Vilaya Jag He Jaail Saare – Sung by Ajit Parab & Pratibha Damle
11) Deenanatha Dayasagara – Sung by Omkar Dadarkar
She translated the following works:
Awards and recognitions
Shanta Shelke died of cancer on 6 June 2002.