Eminent Marathi writer and literary figure, Ram Shewalkar, died of heart attack at his Gandhi Nagar residence in Nagpur on Sunday. He was 78 and is survived by wife Vijaya and son Ashutosh.
Shewalkar, who had over 50 books to his credit, was born on March 2, 1931 at Achalpur in Amravati district. He started his career as college teacher and became the principal of a private college at Wani in Yavatmal district. He made a modest name for himself as a fine orator in 70s in the state.
Over last few years he, however, had cut down his assignments because of his deteriorating health problems. He specialised in mythology (Ramayana and Mahabharata), poet saints of Maharashtra, like Dnyaneshwar, Tukaram and Samarth Ramdas and modern thinkers like Veer Savarkar and Vinobha Bhave.
He was president of Vidarbha Sahitya Sangh for a decade and also elected president of 67th All India Marathi Sahitya Sammelan. He was also the member of Film Censor Board.
Several political and social leaders, including the union power minister, Sushilkumar Shinde another union minister Vilasrao Muttemwar, the state BJP president Nitin Gadkari, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre.
His last rites were performed at local Ambazhari Ghat this evening.