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Lakshmibai Tilak
Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India

Lakshmibai Tilak

Lakshmibai Tilak
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Intro Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India
Was Writer
From India
Field Literature
Gender female
Birth 1 January 1868
Death 1 January 1936 (aged 68 years)
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Lakshmibai Tilak (born 1868, died 1936) was a Marathi writer from Maharashtra, India.


According to the social custom of her times, after her receiving limited formal education, she was married off by her parents at her age 11 to Narayan Waman Tilak.

Narayan Waman Tilak was an accomplished Marathi poet. When he converted to Christianity, she at first was shocked. Gradually, however, she overcame her distaste, and eventually became a Christian herself. She tells this story with great simplicity in Agadi Step by Step. With his encouragement, despite her limited formal education, Lakshmibai too composed some superb poetry. Further, she wrote her autobiography under the title Smruti Chitre (स्मृतिचित्रे), which turned out to be a masterpiece in Marathi literature. The autobiography was published in four parts during 1934 -1937. In 1950, E. Josephine Inkster translated it into English under the title I Follow After.

Narayan Waman Tilak started to compose in Marathi an epic titled "Khristayana" (क्रिस्तायन) describing the works of Jesus Christ. However, he died after finishing ten of its chapters. Lakshmibai completed the epic by adding to it 64 chapters of her own.

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