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Madhavrao Bagal
Writer, artist, journalist, social reformer, political activist, orator and freedom fighter

Madhavrao Bagal

Madhavrao Bagal
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Intro Writer, artist, journalist, social reformer, political activist, orator and freedom fighter
Was Painter Journalist Politician
From India
Field Arts Journalism Politics
Gender male
Birth 28 May 1895, Kolhapur, Kolhapur district, Pune division, India
Death 1986 (aged 90 years)
Star sign Gemini
Politics Indian National Congress
Education
Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art
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Biography

Madhavrao Khanderao Bagal (28 May 1895 – 1986), also called Bhai Madhavrao Bagal, was a noted writer, artist, journalist, social reformer, political activist, orator and freedom fighter from Kolhapur.

Early life

He was born on 28 May 1895 in Kolhapur to Khanderao Bagal.

His father Khanderao Bagal was a renowned pleader, tehsildar and also a social reformer. Khanderao was a leader of Satyashodhak Samaj and editor of a newspaper named "Hunter" and hence was also known as "Hunterkar".

He received his early education at the Rajaram High School, Kolhapur and later completed painting, modelling and mural decoration courses from J. J. School of Art, Bombay.

Painter

Madhavrao Bagal, created his own style of painting with expressing light and shade through minimal colors. The environment created in his painting is beautiful. He has written two books namely Artists of Kolhapur and Art and Artists that talk about art and artists in Kolhapur.

Social reformer

As a social reformer, he worked for up-liftment of Dalits and advocated they be allowed right to visit temple and mingling with other castes. His father was staunch Satyashodhak and Madhavrao followed his footsteps and way back in 1927, he declared that Satyashodhaks should become Socialists.

Political activist

As a political activist he founded Praja Parishad in Kolhapur State in 1939 and took efforts of awaken farmers of Kolhapur and raise their voice against unjust revenues by way of agitation, in which his chief companion was Ratnappa Kumbhar and others.

In 1941, when local self-government was instituted in erstwhile Princely State of Kolhapur, the Kolhapur Municipal Corporation was put under control board of three persons — Madhavrao Bagal, Govindrao Korgaonkar and Ratnappa Kumbhar.

Freedom fighter

He was among the front runner leaders, who spearheaded the agitation for independence of India and especially merger of Kolhapur State into the Union of India. He was arrested with several of his compatriots like Ratnappa Kumbhar, Dinakara Desai, Nanasaheb Jagadale, R. D. Minche and others. He joined Indian National Congress in mid-1930s, disillusioned by pro-British politics played by older leaders of peasants movement like Bhaskarrao Jadhav, with whom Madhavrao had started agricultural co-operative societies in Kolhapur and adjoining regions. During 1940-47, he was closely working with leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Vallabhbhai Patel, Jawaharlal Nehru.

After independence

He was one of the front-runner leaders from Maratha community, who jointly formed Peasants and Workers Party in year 1947 with other former congressman such as Keshavrao Jedhe of Pune, Shankarrao More of Pune, Kakasaheb Wagh of Nasik, Nana Patil of Satara, Tulsidas Jadhav of Solapur, Dajiba Desai of Belgaum, P K Bhapkar and Datta Deshmukh of Ahmadnagar, Vithalrao Hande and others.

Writer

He is author of about 30-35 books some of which are Kalāvihāra (1966), Bahujanasamājāce śilpakāra (1966), Jīvana saṅgrāma; agara, siṃhāvalokana (1970), Sahavāsāntūna (1970), Bhāī Mādhavarāvajī, nivaḍaka lekhasaṅgraha (1998).

Death

He died in 1986.

Memorials

The following institutions have been named after his as memorials:-

  • Madhavraoji Bagal Vidhyapeeth, Kolhapur is a University named after him.
  • Bhai Madhavrao Bagal Kanya Prashala, Village Kabwada, Kolhapur District.
  • Bhai Madhavrao Bagal Award is instituted by the Madhavraoji Bagal Vidhyapeeth, Kolhapur, which is given every year to an individual for outstanding contribution to the society.
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 08 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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