Prof. A. B. Gajendragadkar was selected as the Chairman of welcoming committee of the first Mumbai & suburban literary festival held in 1934 and since then Sahitya Sangha benefitted from his guidance. It was because of his strong and resolute leadership that Sahitya Sangha could face numerous turbulences and make its impression in society.
Shri. Dajisaheb Tuljapurkar was elected as the first president of the Sahitya Sangha. He created a lofty presidential standard with his practical approach, his insistence on economy of procedures & his high reputation in the literary world.
Sahitya Sangha was also fortunate to get a popular and recognized worker like Shri. Bhaskarrao Jadhav whose involvement gave prestige to other workers also. A treasurer like Shri. B. C. Sukthankar who was a poet and discerning reader himself, steered the Sangha through many financial crises. That the Sangha had a rational approach from the beginning can be seen from the fact that a staunch rationalist & critic like Shri. R.D. Karve identified himself with the Sangha. The institution also recognizes the importance of the involvement of Shri. K. S. Daundkar, a worker with a literary bend of mind from the Maratha community.
The Sangha enlarged its field of work during 1938 to 1941 by appointing various subcommittees for different issues like terminology, spread of new grammar rules, discussing the copyright act and suggesting amendments, a movement to register Konkani speaking people as speakers of Marathi etc. After starting classes for the exams conducted by Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad, Sahitya Sangha also got a centre for these exams in Mumbai. The Sangha started conducting its own exams from 1941; the classes are still going on.
The 33rd convention of the Marathi Sahitya Sammelan was celebrated under the chairmanship of Shri. Yashwant Dinkar Pendharkar. A special feature of this convention was the various divisional conventions organised under it to discuss the various aspects of literature.
Programmes of the literary wing :
- The tri-monthly house journal “Sahitya” is published regularly. We also publish a special Diwali issue.
- Coaching classes for Marathi for non-Marathi speakers.
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- Centres for these classes : Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangha – Girgaon, Chembur Tamil Sangha, Sion Tamil Sangha.
- Anniversary Day – 28th October. Awards for meritorious literary achievements are distributed on this day.
- 2nd October is observed in memory of Dr. Shrirang Adarkar. A publishing institute is awarded V. P. Bhagwat award on this day.
- Award for literature for children : This award sponsored by late Shri. Gangadhar Gadgil in memory of Shri. Milind Gadgil has been instituted since 2007. A selection committee makes the choice of the awardee.
- Amrut Vyakhyanmala is organized every year.
- Mahanagar Marathi Sammelan (Greater Mumbai literary festival) : To date, we have organized 38 such sammelans.
- Literary festivals for college students : 9 such festivals have been organized so far. This is a festival by the students of the students and for the students. It includes discussions, interviews & poets’ meets. Students are selected for participation through debate and poetry competitions.
The Chairman of the Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahita Sammelan is felicitated by the Sangha every year. Birth centenaries of various writers and poets are celebrated by holding literary functions. We also conduct cultural festivals.