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Marathi Day: Significance and History

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An Aryan language spoken by over 80 million people across the globe, Marathi language is known to be one spoken not only in Maharashtra but also in some parts of Goa, Madhya Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka as well. Recognized as Marathi Day on 27th February this day is known to be celebrated by Marathi speaking people to celebrate the significance of this language. “Marathi Bhasha Diwas” is observed in honor of the great litterateur Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar, also well known as Kusumagraj. As this popular poet was born on this date and people are known to honor him. He not just wrote poems but was also a well-known novelist, story writer and a play writer.

This day is regulated by the state government. On this special day here are essay competitions. Marathi is the official language of Maharashtra state. Not many of you would know that it is also the fourth most spoken language, in India after Hindi, Telugu and Bengali. The Marathi day is celebrated with great interest among people who speak Marathi. The essay competitions and celebrations mark the significance of this day all across the state.

Kusumagraj was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award in Marathi language in the year 1974. He was also awarded the Dyanpeeth Award in the year 1987.

A very few of you would know that he was born as Gajanan Ranganath Shirwadkar. But however, after he was adopted, his name was changed to Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar. -In the year 2016, the government had announced two special awards for individuals taking active initiatives to promote Marathi literature across the globe.

A few notable works of Kusumagraj are Vishakha (poem), and Natsamrat (play). Among many other poems and plays, he wrote during his career span that lasted for decades. This day makes every Marathi speaking individual proud of their rich culture and language.

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