Mumbai, Feb 21: Noted Marathi writer Kishore
Shantabai Kale, whose autobiography created a literary
sensation in Maharashtra, has died. He was 37.
Kale passed away at a hospital in
Solapur, over 600 km from here. He was undergoing treatment
there after being injured in a road accident on February 3.
Kale's autobiography, `Kolhatyacha Por', was not only
a dramatic and moving story of an individual's struggle to
break free, it also brought to light a world and a lifestyle
of the Kolhati community of Tamasha dancers of western
In the intense, stark autobiography, he reconstructed
the events of his life as the illegitimate son of a Kolhati
Tamasha dancer. Abandoned by his mother, neglected and
maltreated by his grandparents, uncles and aunts, ridiculed in
school and college for his fatherless status, he was tested
again and again by life.
Fired with rare courage and determination to change
his life and be free, he educated himself and went on to
become a doctor - the first in his community.
Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Deputy Chief
Minister R R Patil have condoled Kale's demise.