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Gangadhar Gopal Gadgil, 1923-


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  1. Eka mungice mahabharata, v. 1.
    1. avrtti. Mumbai : Popyulara Prakasana, 1992-
    (LCCN: 93901697)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 74-78
  2. Durdamya.
    4. avrtti. Mumbai : Popyulara Prakasana, 1998.
    (LCCN: 98915905)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 348-350
  3. Kabutare.
    1. avrtti. Mumbai : Popyulara Prakasana Depo, 1952.
    (LCCN: 95909912)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 125-128
  4. Sata samudrapalikade.
    5 avrtti. Mumbai : Popyulara Prakasana, 1996.
    (LC has not acquired this title)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 57-59
  5. Sata majale hasyace.
    1. avrtti. Pune : Suresa Ejansi, 1994.
    (LC has not acquired this title)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 66-69
  6. Crazy Bombay.
    Bombay : Popular Prakashan, 1991.
    (LCCN: 91907868)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 65-68

Gangadhar Gadgil, Marathi fiction writer, was born on 25 August 1923 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. A postgraduate in economics from the University of Bombay, he worked as Professor of economics in Sydenham College and other colleges in Mumbai. He is associated with various prestigious literary institutions of India. He also served as Vice President of the Sahitya Akademi from 1988-1993. He received the Sahitya Akademi award in 1996 for Eka mungice mahabharata, his autobiography. He has also been awarded with the Abhiruchi Award in 1949; the Maharashtra State Award, 1956, 1957, and 1960; the N.C. Kelkar Award in 1980; and the R.S. Jog Award in 1982. He is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

Gadgil's style, deceptively simple looking, is capable of measuring up to the complexity of his content. Offbeat imagery is one of its striking features, but it is used temperately. Gadgil has a fine sensibility; and, not being warped, it can respond to the gentle and the beautiful, however unpromising its exterior. Several of his stories have an implied social comment, but the comment widens out beyond the society into the universally human. (Kusumawati Deshpande and M.V. Rajadhyaksha. A history of Marathi literature. New Delhi : Sahitya Akademi, 1998). Apart from fiction, he has also authored a few children's stories, travelogues, and one-act plays.

The Library of Congress has acquired sixty-five of his eighty-eight publications, and eight works on him. Some of his works have been translated into Hindi, English, and other languages.

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