Pune, Sept 17: Noted Marathi poet and freedom fighter Vasant
Bapat died at a private hospital here early this morning. He was 80.
Prof. Bapat was admitted to hospital after he suffered an
intra-cerebral bleeding and slipped into coma last Wednesday. Though
a surgery was performed on him, he never gained consciousness. His
condition deteriorated further and the death came this morning.
Born on July 25, 1922 at Karad in Satara district, Prof Bapat
had his initial education at the N M Vidyalaya here and thereafter,
completed his masters from the S P college.
Even as a student, Prof Bapat plunged into the freedom struggle
and participated in the Quit India Movement of 1942. He was
incarcerated in jail from August 1943 to January 1945.
He completed his education after his release and began his career
as a Professor of Sanskrit and Marathi. He also served as professor
of Gurudev Tagore comparative literature at the Bombay University
from 1974 to 1982. He served as editor of the weekly ''sadhana''
for a number of years.
Prof Bapat was closely associated with the Rashtra Seva Dal right
from the inception of the organisation. He particularly served the
cultural wing of the organisation from 1948 till 1980 and his thrust
was on preserving the folk arts and to give them a new direction.
Prof Bapat represented India in the international poet's meet at
Yugoslavia in 1969 and participated in similar functions in the
United States in 1977 and 1993. He was a member of the Sahitya
Akademi and the Sangeet Natak Akademi for a number of years.
He was in the executive body member of the Sahitya Akademi for a
He was the president of several literary meets including the
Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan held at Mumbai in 1972.
'Bijli', 'setu'S 'Akravi Disha', 'Sakina', 'Manasi', 'Shingh
Phunkile Runee', 'Shoor Mardacha Powada', 'Meghhriday', 'Tejasi' and
'Rajasi' are among the collection of his poems.
He had written extensively for children. His collection of poems
for children included 'Changamanga', 'Abdak Tabdak', 'Gargar Girki',
'Firki', 'Fulranicha Kavita' and 'Parichya Rajyat'.
A travelogue, 'Bara Gavcha Pani', a biographical work, 'Jinkooni
Marnala' and a political satire, 'Visajipantachi Bakhar' were among
his other literary contributions.