Marathi litterateur Jagdish Khebudkar passes away

Last Updated: May 04, 2011, 09:20 AM IST

Kolhapur: Renowned Marthi poet, lyricist and writer Jagdish Khebudkar passed away in a private hospital here Tuesday following a kidney ailment. He was 79.

Decorated with 11 state awards in different categories, Khebudkar had been ill for quite a while, an aide said. Khebudkar, who is survived by two sons and two daughters, breathed his last in a private hospital where he had been admitted a few days ago.

His last rites will be performed on the banks of the Panchganga river here Wednesday morning.

In a career spanning over six decades, Khebudkar authored over 3,750 poems, 2,500 songs for Marathi and Hindi movies, four teleserials for Doordarshan, five telefilms, several plays and other literature.

He penned songs for 350 films, including the Marathi versions of ‘Roja’ and ‘He Ram’.