Prahlād Keshav Atre (13 August 1898 - 13 June 1969), popularly known as Āchārya Atre, was a multi-faceted Indian figure. Events 3114 BC - According to the Lounsbury correlation the start of the Maya calendar. Year 1898 ( MDCCCXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common Events 1525 - Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, against the Celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country He was a prominent Marathi writer,a great poet, an educationist, a brilliant newspaper founder/editor, a political leader, a movie producer/director/script writer and above all, a superb orator. Marathi (mr मराठी Marāṭhī) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Marathi people of what is considered western India.
Atre's contributions to Marathi literature have been listed under Important Works below. He was an outstanding humorist, and his writing style --whether he wrote humorous or serious material-- was highly effective. He introduced parodistic poetry to Marathi language (under the pen name Keshav Kumār), and he did that extraordinarily well. His book, Jhenduchi Phule, contains the collection of his parodistic poems. (He wrote a poem, Shyamale, under the whimsical pen name Maulānā Allāuddin Khilji).
Atre was born in the town of Saswad (near Pune) in Maharashtra. Pune (ˈpuːneɪ Marathi: पुणे Hindi: पूना formerly Poona, is the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra Maharashtra ( Marathi: mahārāṣṭra, IPA) is a state located on the western coast of India. He started his career as a teacher, and crowned his twenty-year teaching career by running for many of those years a high school as its principal with distinction. He compiled a series of Marathi language textbooks for elementary and secondary schools. Those textbooks remained in wide use in Maharashtra for a large number of years.
Atre wrote seven plays, some with a humorous theme, and others with a serious theme. All of them received high public acclaim.
Atre's two autobiographical works, Mi Kasā Jhālo and Karheche Pāni, similarly received much public acclaim.
Atre was the founder/editor of four Marathi newspapers. Two of them had a short life. But the other two, Maratha and (Weekly) Navayug, ran for many years with a large circulation.
Atre's worthy contributions in the Marathi movie world have been listed below. His movie, Shyamchi Aai, received an award as the Best Indian Movie of the Year in 1953, while his movie, Mahatma Phule (1955) received the President's Silver Medal. Shyamachi Aai (Shyam's mother is hailed as one of the greatest tribute to mother's love in Marathi literature
Atre was an important political leader of his times in Maharashtra, and he worked vigorously in the Sanyukta Mahārāshtra Āndolan (Unified Maharashra Movement) during 1956-60. He possessed extraordinary oratory skills, humor being a captivating feature of his speeches.
Atre was one of the few members of the Brahmin community in his times who supported since early days the efforts of Dr. Brahmin ( Brāhmaṇa, sa ब्राह्मणः is the class of educators scholars and preachers in Brahminical Hinduism. Bhimrao (Babasaheb) Ambedkar to uplift the social status of the Harijan community and remove that community's curse of "untouchability". Harijan ( son of God) was a term coined by Gandhi for Dalits, which is now considered patronizing
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