A gigantic personality with extraordinary abilities, Acharya Prahlad Keshav Atre was one of the architects of the Samyukta Maharashtra movement.
Immensely popular, he was renowned as a writer-poet, educationist, satirist, filmmaker, newspaper editor and orator.
Prachand (Colossus) was the apt title of Atre's obituary by the eminent playwright Vijay Tendulkar.
Jhenduchi Phule, Sashtang Namaskar, To Mi Navhech and biographies of Mahatma Phule and Pandit Nehru (Suryasta) are part of his prolific writings.
Born on August 13, 1898 at Saswad (Pune district), Atre began life as a teacher and was an educationist for two decades.
Karheche Pani and Mi Kasa Jhalo were his autobiographical books.
Shyamchi Aai was Atre's cinematic tribute to Sane Guruji's celebrated classic. It won the first President's Gold Medal for the Best Feature Film (1954).
He died on June 13, 1969 leaving behind an immeasurable void.
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