Noted Marathi author and Sahitya Akademi awardee Anand Yadav died in Pune on Sunday. He was 80.
According to sources close to his family, Yadav breathed his last at his residence.
His autobiography ‘Zombi’ had won Sahitya Akademi award in 1991.
During his illustrious career, Yadav had faced a major controversy over his book on the 17th century saint poet Sant Tukaram titled ‘Santsurya Tukaram’.
Dr. Anand Yadav's demise is a big loss.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) November 27, 2016
He was a great writer who had beautifully created some best books about rural social life.
He was elected president of the 82nd Akhil Bharatiya Sahitya Sammelan, the prestigious literary meet, held in March 2009. However, he had to resign following the controversy surrounding some remarks in the novel.
In the following year, a Marathi movie ‘Natrang’ based on Yadav’s novel with the same name, was released bringing him back into the limelight.
Yadav had penned around 40 books which comprise collection of essays, poems, criticism among others.