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Marathi author passes away

Marathi author, poet and critic Dilip Purushottam Chitre died here on Thursday following illness. He was 71. He was fighting cancer for more than a year, reports Satyajit Joshi.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2009 01:43 IST
Satyajit Joshi

Marathi author, poet and critic Dilip Purushottam Chitre died here on Thursday following illness. He was 71. He was fighting cancer for more than a year.

Chitre, affectionately, known as Di Pu (by his Marathi initials) among his fans, was known for his work in literature, religion, philosophy, tradition, music, movie and tourism. He penned Punha Tukaram, which was widely acclaimed by the critics. He also completed gigantic work of translating Tukaram’s Marathi literature into English.

His two books — Eakun Kavita and Shatakancha Sandhikal — also received several awards. He also had passion for painting. “I do not consider myself a poet but an artiste,” he had once said.

On several occasions, Chitre represented Marathi literature internationally.

Born in September 1938 in Baroda in Gujarat, Chitre completed his school and college education in Mumbai. He was student of Ruia College and also completed his post graduation from Mumbai University.

Chitre was fascinated by life and writings of famous Marathi saint Tukaram whom he had described as inspiration of modern Marathi literature. Chitre was visiting faculty at several institutes. Always surrounded by students, Chitre loved to share his experiences with them.

His last rites were performed at Yerwada crematorium in Pune in presence of a large number of prominent personalities from various walks of life. Several Marathi literature lovers, across the world had paid tributes to Chitre on his facebook.