Marathi Culture and Festivals

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मराठी संस्कृती, सण, आणि उत्सव 

Welcome to Marathi Culture And Festivals - The only marathi info site for english readers and marathi learners!

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Rani Lakshmi bai Birth Anniversary Nov.19
महाराणी लक्ष्मी बाई जन्म दिवस नोव्हेंबर १९/२०१४ Death Anniversary June 17
बलिदान दिवस / पुण्यतिथी : जून १७


Devotional Singers group from Konkan;

 Devotional songs means a music composition sung to generate positive energy and to get blessings of God."  

Konkan or the Konkan Coast is a rugged section of the western coastline of India.


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वेडा रे वेडा रे वेडा पंढरी...बुवा श्री अरविंद जाभवडेकर

Navdurga Prasadik Bhajan mandal Kinjavade 

( Ghadi Wadi )

Veer Savarkar Death Anniversary Feb 26/2015
Birth Anniversary 28 May 1883 – 26 February 1966
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, commonly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar was a fearless freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, dramatist, poet, historian, political leader and philosopher. 
  Savarkar's revolutionary activities began while studying in India and England, where he was associated with the India House and founded student societies including Abhinav Bharat Society and the Free India Society, as well as publications espousing the cause of complete Indian independence by revolutionary means  Read More

Sambhaji Bhosale : An Extraordinary King


(14 May 1657 – 11 March 1689) was the eldest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, and his first wife Saibai. He was successor of the realm after his father's death.

Born: May 14, 1657, Purandar fort, India

Died: March 11, 1689, Tulapur, India

Parents: Shivaji, Sai Bhosale

Siblings: Rajaram Chhatrapati     Read More:


Picture Source: By मालोजीराव (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


BMM Saregama Semi Final In Los Angeles

Los Angeles Marathi community is eagerly waiting to be part of Brihan Maharashtra Mandal’s 17th convention to be held in the city during July 3-5, 2015. Three days full of entertainment programs, food, shopping and get-togethers.

One of the prime attractions of the convention, is the final round of a singing competition similar to the Zee-Saregama is being organized.

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Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur
(26th June 1874 to 6th May 1922)

The first Maharaja of the Indian princely state of Kolhapur between 1884 and 1922.  The most popular Maratha King with a revolutionary vision. He was a social reformer to work for rural and low-caste indigent by providing them free education along with hostel facility in Kolhapur state.

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Image Source : By Unknown photographer (The British Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, (धुंडीराज गोविंद फाळके) popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke ( दादासाहेब फाळके) (30 April 1870 – 16 February 1944) was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema. ‘Father of Indian Cinema, whose pioneering efforts laid the foundation of Indian cinema. Despite heavy odds and scathing criticisms, Phalke went ahead with his endeavors and made people realize the cultural and financial worth of the film medium. As more and more entrepreneurs took to film-making, films became an integral part of mainstream entertainment. 


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B. R. Ambedkar  Birth Anniversary April 14/2015                                         Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, popularly known as Babasaheb, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Modern Buddhist Movement and campaigned against social discrimination against Dalits, women and labour.

As the free India's first Law Minister and Chairman of the Constitution Drafting Committee, Dr. Ambedkar drafted the nation's constitution.

He was posthumously conferred with the Bharat Ratna in 1990.


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 Marathi actor Shri. Shyam Ponkshe who acted in many serials and dramas passed away recently...his famous play was 
Eka Lagnachi Goshta  with Prashant Damle. Read this article written by his close friend Atul Parchure about his memories with him.



  

Dr. Murlidhar Devidas Amte 

December 26, 1914 - February 09, 2008

was a highly dedicated Indian social worker for the cause of rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people, particularly those suffering from leprosy. He gave up all his luxurious way of living. He gave up his wealth and established three ashrams for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, disabled people, and people from marginalized sections of the society in Maharashtra, India, of which Anandwan was the precursor. He also adopted non-violent means to fight the Indian government for independence. He was the recipient of many international and national awards of which the most prominent are: The Ramon Magsaysay Award; the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour of the Government of India; and the Gandhi Peace Prize. Visit ANANDVAN 

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Jijabai [ Mother of Shivaji Maharaj ]

Jijabai was born on 12 January 1598 and a daughter of Lakhojirao Jadhav in present-day Buldhana district of Maharashtra State. As per the customs of that age, she got married at an early age to Shahaji Bhosale, a nobleman and 

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Balshastri Jambhekar is also known as Father of Marathi journalism for his efforts in starting journalism in Marathi language with the first newspaper in the language named 'Darpan' in the early days of British Rule in India. 
Born: January 6, 1812, Konkan, India Died: May 18, 1846
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Vijay Tendulkar  विजय तेंडुलकर (6 January 1928 – 19 May 2008) was a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator primarily in Marāthi. He is best known for his plays Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghasiram Kotwal (1972), and Sakharam Binder (1972).

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Noted scientist and the man behind Indian monsoon model, 

Vasant Gowariker (81), died on Friday January 2/2015  evening at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune.

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We had invited readers to participate in sending articles on our cultural heritage .

Thanks to Mrs. Vibha Bhilawadikar Mumbai  and Mrs.  Mayura Pradhan Javeri Minnesota for sharing their articles. We are happy to share with all the readers. 

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Pandurang Sadashiv Sane, known as Sane Guruji(24/12/1899 to 11/06/1950) to his followers, was a famous Marathi author and social activist. He was born in a town palghat in Ratnagiri district konkan region of rural Maharashtra. He also had a younger brother. 

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Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero",

Successful Movie screening in Los angeles by Maharashtra Mandal LA and BMM 

There were two screenings held in LA with tremendous response. A salute to the great work done by Dr. prakash Amte and making an excellent movie on his life and work by Director Producer Samruddhi Porey"Read this movie review by Priti Barve Los Angeles, 

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Shri pratap sinha rajah Bhosle
Maratha Dynasty in Thanjavur, India
An interview with young prince about his work

Artists from San Diego and LA area presented a program in Marathi on  Lata Mangeshkar    Enjoy a small clip from this program:

Jyotirao Phule Death Anniversary Nov.28/2014
ज्योतिराव फुले पुण्यतिथी नोव्हेंबर २८/२०१४ Born: 11 April, 1827 
Passed Away: 28 November, 1890
Contributions
Jyotiba Phule was one of the prominent social reformers of the nineteenth century India. He led the movement against the prevailing caste-restrictions in India. He revolted against the domination of the 

Bhalji Pendharkar punyatithi Nov. 26/2014
  भालजी पेंढारकर पुण्यतिथी नोव्हेंबर २६/२०१४



Grand Tulsi vivah ceremony held in Valencia CA

तुळशी लग्न सोहोळा वालेन्सिया कॅलिफोर्निया मध्ये ! 11/09/2014

Marathi Rangbhumi Din Nov.05/2014
मराठी रंगभूमी दिन नोव्हेंबर ०५/२०१४ 


Traditional Folk dance Balya [ Jakhdi ]  Nrutya : बाल्या नृत्य जाखडी नृत्य 
Performed in Los Angeles Nov. 1/2014

Balya Dance in Konkan:

Konkan Maharashtra is ... nothing but California of India... Konkan region is flourished with mind-blowing scenic beauty and its heritage culture and is known for its 

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Bhondla by Simi Valley Marathi shala Los angeles 
सिमी व्हेली मराठी शाळा ने साजरा केला पारंपारिक भोंडला Bhondla/Hadga is the custom celebrated as the Sun moves to the thirteenth constellation of the zodiac called Hasta'. "All sixteen days between Ghatasthapana and Kojagiri Purnima Read more
Tarana by Saili Oak Kalyanpur: साईली ओक कल्याणपूर Concert In Los Angeles 

An excellent performance by Saili , 15 1/2 matra tarana composition by : Mogubai Kurdikar. Mogubai Kurdikar (Marathi: मोगुबाई कुर्डीकर) (July 15 1904 – February 10 2001) was a renowned North Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana (school).