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Noted Marathi writer Kishor Shantabai Kale passes away

Written by: Staff

Solapur, Feb 21 (UNI) Noted Marathi writer Dr Kishor Shantabai Kale passed away at a private hospital here late last night.

37-year-old Kale had met with an accident on February 4 near Kalamb here while he was on his way to Osmanabad. He was admitted to a private hospital here in Solapur but succumbed to his injuries late last night.

Dr Kale is survived by his estranged wife, son, mother and a brother. The funeral was held at his native place ''Nerle'' in Karmala tehsil of this district yesterday.

Dr Kishor Shantabai Kale emerged in the Marathi literary scene with his award-winning autobiography ''Kolhatyache Por'' in the 90s.

An illegitimate son of a ''tamasha'' dancer, Dr Kale, after facing odds in his life, secured an MBBS degree from Mumbai's Grant Medical College in 1994.

His autobiography tells of the ill-treatment meted to ''tamasha'' dancers by male members of his community -- the ''Kolhati'' community. ''Kolhatyache Por'' was published by noted publisher Dinkar Gangal in 1994. Penguin published its English translation entitled ''Against All Odds'' in 2000.

The writer earned fame through this book and used his mother's name, ''Shantabai'', instead of his father's name while penning his autobiography. This was strange in the 1990s.

Talking to UNI, Gangal described Kishor as an ''over sensitive'' person who tried to devote one hundred per cent to everything -- whether his medical profession, literature or social work.

''He could have done a lot for the society if he had settled down at an early age,'' Mr Gangal said.

Veteran journalist, litterateur and Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan president Arun Sadhu expressed grief over the untimely demise of the young writer who belonged to the downtrodden society and struggled hard to find a place for himself.

''He could have contributed a great deal to Marathi literature,'' Mr Sadhu said.


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