This page contains links to digitalized
versions of articles that have
appeared in print or on the internet persons belonging
to the extended Kolhatkar family and also articles contributed here. More
contributions of a similar nature are
obituary of Rao Bahadur Vamanrao Kolhatkar (Wai
This is the obituary
written by Achyut Balwant Kolhatkar upon the death of
his natural father Rao Bahadur Vamanrao Kolhatkar. This
was published in 1918 in then widely read literary journal
‘Masik Manoranjan’ edited by Kaa. Ra. Mitra. Vamanrao of
the Wai branch served in various positions in the judiciary in
the then Cental Provinces. He was a passionate social
reformer and, true to his creed and against the opposition of
his immediate family and the prevalent orthodoxy, married a
widow in 1895 upon the death of his first wife.
Ram and Konher Ram (Pandavwadi branch).
A Marathi paper
‘Kolhatkar Family’ presented before the Madhya Prant
Samshodhan Mandal on February 01, 1948 about descendents of
Bhaskar Ram and Konher Ram at Nagpur. This was
contributed by Dilip Kolhatkar of Pune.
An account of a
trip to the village of Pandavwadi near Wai.
Kolatkar (Tasgaon branch).
That is how
he spelt it. He was a Kolhatkar and a well known poet
who wrote in English and Marathi. Among several awards
he received was the Commonwealth Poetry Award in 1977.
See the entry on him in Wikipedia at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arun_Kolatkar and an obituary in
A long piece written on him by Dilip
Chitre is reproduced here
Balwant Kolhatkar (Wai branch).
This is a brief English translation of a
of Achyutaro written
in Marathi by Vi. Ha. Kulkarni. The translation was made
available to me by Kaustubh Kolhatkar of Denver.
sketch of his life is available in Balkrishna Shridhar’s book
at pp. 163, 164-165, 166-167 and a list of his literary works
at pp. 176-177.
Mahadeoshastri Kolhatkar (Wai branch).
Mahadeoshastri, a student of the Poona College run in
the Vishrambag Wada of Pune, belonged to generation of
Balashastri Jambhekar and acquired knowledge of English from
persons like Maj. Candy and Capt. Molsworth. In his not
very long life – he died in 1861 – he wrote or translated
books on Elementary Physics, Columbus etc. He was also
the first translator of Shakespeare (Othello) in Marathi and
G. B. Deval’s ‘Zunzarrao’ is based on his translation.
His brief biography may be seen at pp. 115 and 116 in
the Kula Vritta by the Late Balkrishna Shridhar. The names of
his books are mentioned on p. 176. These books are also
mentioned in the ‘Catalogue of native publications in the
Bombay presidency up to 31st December 1864’
I found at
www.archive.org yet one more
book of Mahadeoshastri. It is a translation of a book of
poems in English prescribed for school children and its
Marathi title is ‘Prakrit
kaviteche pahile pustak
’. It was printed in 1860 by using the
lithopress technique – called ‘shila-press’ in Marathi – which
was in common use in the early days of printing in
Maharashtra. This book can be seen here.
Krishna Kolhatkar (Tatyasaheb) (Wai branch).
dramatist and writer, Shripad Krishna dominated the Marathi
literary scene of his days. Eminent personalities like
Ram Ganesh Gadkari, V.S. Khandekar and G.T. Madkholkar
acknowledged him as their mentor.
Balkrishna Shridhar’s Kula Vritta gives a
short sketch of his life at pp. 167, 168-169 and 170-171 and a
list of his literary works at pp. 177 and 178. You can
also see it here
Krishna also had an abiding interest in Jyotish Shastra and
wrote a book called ‘Bharatiya Jotirganita’ on the traditional
Indian science of calculation of positions of celestial
bodies. This book can be read at http://www.archive.org/details/bharthiyajothirg025336mbp
Shripad Yashwant Kolhatkar (Sangli branch).
S.Y.Kolhatkar, as he was more popularly
known, was a life-long worker of the Communist Party of
India. He was inspired by the Marxist thought while he
was a student in the Fergusson College, Poona and left the
College in 1933 to join the Communist Party of India, which
was then in its infancy. He remained a committed
Communist all his life. Among the positions that he held
in that party were those of the President of the All-India
Newspaper Employees Federation and Secretary of the
Maharashtra State Committee of the Marxist Communist
Here you can read
an article that appeared in Khaleej Times, Dubai in
1994 that gives a short account of his life and
Articles on these persons will be appear when
i) Ganesh Narayan Kolhatkar (Wai branch),
ii) Chintamanrao (C.G.) Kolhatkar (Wai branch), iii)
Digambar Krishna Kolhatkar (Wai branch), iv) Chittaranjan
Kolhatkar (Wai branch), v) Bal (Balkrishna Hari) Kolhatkar
(Wai branch), vi) Kusumakar Achyut Kolhatkar (Wai branch)
vi) Dilip Kolhatkar (Wai branch, vii) Yashwant Vyankaji
Kolhatkar (Sangli branch), vii) Prof. Vasudeo Yashwant Kolhatkar (Sangli
branch), viii) Balkrishna Shridhar Kolhatkar (Nevre Narmani
branch), ix) Vasudeo Shivram Kolhatkar (Raastiya Keertankar)
(Murud branch), x) Janardan Damodar Kolhatkar (Timarni branch),
xi) Prof. Gopal Balkrishna Kolhatkar (Pune branch).
xii) Prof. Govind Gopal Kolhatkar (Pune branch), xiii) Krishnaji
Keshav Kolhatkar (Nevre Kesmani branch), xiv) Tryambak
Ramchandra (Raj Vaidya) Kolhatkar (Pandavwadi
branch), xv) Madhusudan Ramchandra Kolhatkar (Nevre Narmani
branch), xvi) Vasudeo Purushottam Kolhatkar (Pen branch),
xvii) Bhaurao Kolhatkar (Vadodara branch).
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