Babasaheb Purandare has several accolades on his name taking from Shivshahir to Padmavibhushan. His passing away on November 15 at the age of 100 has left India along with Maharashtra in sorrow. Everyone from politicians to celebrities and common man mourned his death. Overall these years in his life he has shared knowledge and enlightened people about the Maratha King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Babasaheb Purandare’s Persona
He was a personality who was blessed with extraordinary oratory skills and exceptional art. And with the help of both, he has ruled over the hearts of people and will continue to do. His memories will stay with the people and will be immortal alive in everyone’s heart and through his magnificent work. he has created a very glorious legacy for future generations in literature, art, and history.
Babasaheb Purandare’s versatility
But it is a very difficult task to carry forward the legacy without any kind of creating damage to it in any form. As he was a versatile personality his work is spread across the spectrum taking from being a theatre artist to a distinguished historian, a significant storyteller, and esteemed director of very popular drama ‘Janta Raja.’
Babasaheb Purandare’s Work
Babasaheb Purandare not just studied the personality of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj but he also had learned about his manner of administrations and the forts of that era. He has written several books on the same. He was an encyclopedia of history on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Through his work, he gave citizens more knowledge and learnings about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. For many of his admirers, Babasaheb Purandare was a godly figure.
Question Of Carrying Forward Legacy
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is also considered a god-like figure, in India and especially in Maharashtra. The great Maratha King is involved in the politics as well by the politicians. In his name, several organizations and parties are formed. Currently, the scenario is such that only Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s name is used by the people but not his ideology, way of work, administration, principles, teachings. None of these are implemented or applied by any politician or political party.
Babasaheb Purandare And Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
That is the reason it will be very difficult to carry forward the legacy of Babasaheb Purandare. Because he never politicized Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His intentions were pure of spreading knowledge and information. He has taken history to the masses making it intriguing through his narration full of enthusiasm. He always put across the facts never tweaked or tried to change the history which we see many attempts happening these days to change.
No one will ever come at par to the level of work he has done but the onus will be on the millions of his admirers that his work stays as it is. They should not allow any soul to politicize Babasaheb’s work in his absence. Because if that happens it will malign the glorious legacy. May his soul rest in peace and his work keeps enlightening people with a bright flame.