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Who is Kusumagraj? 

Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar was a Marathi poet, novelist, short story writer, playwright and humanist best known by his pen name Kusumagraj. 

His poetry frequently addresses issues of individual liberty, self-sufficiency, fairness, equality, and freedom from oppression. His writing career began in pre-independent India, and he authored 16 volumes of poetry, three novels, 8 volumes of short stories, 7 volumes of essays, 18 plays, and 6 one-act plays over the course of five decades. 

The “Vishakha,” Kusumagraj’s most well-known collection of lyrics, is recognized as a masterpiece of Indian literature and resonated with the millions of people fighting in the Indian independence movement.

Kusumagraj Early Life. 

Kusumagraj was born In Pune, India, on February 27, 1912. He was a Deshastha Brahmin by birth. His real parents gave him the name Gajanan Ranganath Shirwadkar; but, after being adopted by his uncle, he was given the name Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar.

Kusumagraj Education Background

Kusumagraj attained his early education in Pimpalgaon before moving on to the New English School, which is now J.S. Rungtha High School. He continued his education at the H.P.T. College in Nashik and received his degree from the current Mumbai University.

Kusumagraj Career. 

When Kusumagraj was still a student at the H. P. T. College, his professional life began. His collection of poems was published in the “Ratnakar” magazine.

When he was 20 years old, he took a stand against the prejudice that affected the “untouchable” populations. He took part in a peaceful movement (Satyagraha) in 1932 to support the group’s right to access Nashik’s Kalaram Temple.

He founded the “Dhruv Mandal” and started writing for the “Nava Manu” newspaper in 1933. The same year, his debut poetry collection, “Jeevanlahari,” was also released.

He received a bachelor’s degree in Marathi and English from college in 1934.

He began working for Godavari Cinetone Ltd. in 1936. However, he acted as Lord Lakshmana and penned the screenplay for the film “Sati Sulochana.” The movie, however, was not very successful.

Moreover, he worked as a journalist for a number of publications, including the “Dainik Prabhat,” “Saarathi,” “Navayug,” “Saptahik Prabha,” and “Dhanurdari.”

A pivotal event in 1942 altered the path of his life. Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar published his “Vishakha” collection of poems. He decided to print them on his own after being impressed by his work. 

He referred to Kusumagraj as a humanist and said that his writings accurately captured both the “social unrest” and the “optimistic confidence” of a better future.

When he released his poetry, the “Quit India Movement” was already well underway. As it conveyed messages of freedom and urged the readers to stand up for themselves, his poetry ended up serving as a type of manifesto. It gained a lot of traction among young men and women and finally turned into one of his most well-known pieces.

However, playwrights had an impact on him; by 1943, he had adapted a number of plays by Molière, Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, and Maurice Maeterlinck. He translated tragedies from Shakespeare into Marathi, enhancing the Marathi theater culture.

He also authored novels; his debut book, “Vaishnav,” was published in 1946. From 1946 until 1948, Kusumagraj also served as an editor for the magazine “Swadesh.”

He was well known among the literati and had already made a name for himself as a poet and writer. Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” served as the model for his drama “Rajmukut,” also known as “The Royal Crown,” which he authored in 1954. In this show, Nanasaheb Phatak and Durga Khote played the key roles.

He worked as a lyricist in the Marathi cinema business in the 1960s and also wrote an adaptation of “Othello” into a play.

He completed “Natsamrat,” his greatest play, in 1970. The play was based on Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” and Sriram Lagoo performed the title character.

Kusumagraj Net Worth. 

According to Wikipedia, Forbes, IMDb & Various Online sources, the famous Poet Kusumagraj’s net worth was US$1million-US$5Million before his demise.

Kusumagraj Wife.

None of the online sources knew much about Kusumagraj’s personal life. However, it is known that he got married to Manoramanée, also known as Gangubai Sonawni, in 1944.

Kusumagraj Children. 

Kusumagraj and Gangubai gave birth to some children whose names weren’t disclosed to the media. 

Kusumagraj Parents. 

Kusumagraj’s father’s name is Vishnu Waman Shirwadkar while her mother’s name was disclosed to the media.

Kusumagraj Age before death. 

Kusumagraj age before his death is 87 years old because he died on 10th of March, 1999 and he was born on 27th of February, 1912 in India. 

Kusumagraj Birthdate, Birthplace, Sun Sign and Deathplace. 

Kusumwgraj was born on February 27, 1912 in India and he died 10th of March, 1999 at the age of 87 years old.

His Sun Sign is Pisces.

Kusumagraj Awards and Achievements.

  • February 27 is observed as “Marathi Bhasha Din” in recognition of Kusumagraj’s contribution to Marathi literature.
  • He presided over the 1964 Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan in Margao, Goa.
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1974), Ram Ganesh Gadkari Award from Akhil Bhartiya Natya Parishad (1985), Jnanpith Award (1987), Sangeet Ntya Lekhan Award (1988), and Padma Bhushan are only a few of the honors bestowed upon him (1991). In 1996, he was given a star in the sky.

Kusumagraj Heights and Weights.

His Height in centimeters is172 while in meters is 1.72 m and in Feet Inches- 5’ 7”.

Kusumagraj Poems.

  • Vishakha (Year: 1942)
  • imaresha (Year: 1964)
  • Chhandomayi (Year : 1982)
  • Jeewanalahari (Year: 1933)
  • Jaicna Kunja (Year : 1936)
  • Samidha (Year : 1947)
  • Kinara (Year: 1952)
  • Marathi Mati (Year: 1960)
  • Wadalwel (Year : 1969)
  • Rasayatra (Year: 1969)
  • uktayan (Year : 1984)
  • Shrawan (Year: 1985)
  • Prawasi Pakshi (Year: 1989)
  • Patheya (Year : 1969)
  • Meghdoot (Marathi Translation of Kalidas’ “Meghdoot”, which is in Sanskrit) (Year 1956)
  • Swagat (Year: 1962)
  • Balbodh Mevyatil Kusumagraj (Year : 1989).

Kusumagraj Death. 

Kusumagraj died on 10th of March, 1999 in Nikita at the age of 87 years old. 

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