Prof. A.B. Gajendragadkar


Ajab Nyay Vartulacha

Prof. N.R. Phatak


Kusumagraj birth centenary
Significant Stages
  • 1st July 1935 – The founding of Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangha and beginning of its work.
  • 1936 – Swatantryaveer Savarkar felicitated after his release from prison, by Sahitya Sangha at Krishna Theatre.
  • 17th April 1936 – First anniversary of Sahitya Sangha celebrated with enthusiasm on S.S. Jayalaxmi. The first constitution of the Sangha drafted by S. M. Varde. The first in-house journal of Sangha – “Veena” was published. Editor – S. M. Varde.
  • 1938 – Organizing the 22nd convention of Marathi Sahitya Sammelan. President : Swatantryaveer Savarkar. Sahitya Sangha presented Shreepad Krishna Kolhatkar’s play “Mayavivah” during the festival.
  • 1938 to 1941 – Powerful organization of terminology council, spread of grammar rules, review & enforcement of copyright law.
  • Sahitya Sangha organized the 32nd Marathi Natya Sammelan in the premises of Wilson High school. President : Acharya P. K. Atre. During this sammelan, Sangha announced its intention of building an auditorium.
  • 1943 – Centenary of Marathi Theatre was celebrated at Sangli. Sahitya Sangha presented a beautiful performance of the play “Sharada”. Many stalwarts of Marathi theatre like Balgandharva, Keshavrao Date, Chintamanrao Kolhatkar, Chintopanta Gurav etc. had played various roles in it. The project was led by Dr. A. N. Bhalerao.
  • 12th April 1944 – Sahitya Sangha celebrated its grand theatre festival. It got massive response from theatre-lovers and rejuvenated Marathi theatre. The play “Sharada” performed in this festival was awarded Vishnupant Aundhkar gold medal by Prakash Pictures. Vasanti, the actress who played the role of Sharada was awarded Sushilkumar Ruia gold medal. Nanasaheb Phatak and Shivaram Paranjape were awarded the silver cup for their role in “Bhaubandaki” and Sushilkumar Ruia gold medal was awarded to Anant Wartak who had played a major role in “Vedyancha Bazaar”.
  • 1947 – Sahitya Sangha started its bi-monthly “Sahitya”.
  • 1947 – India became independent. Sahitya Sangha celebrated this major event by organizing special programmes.
  • 1948 – Sahitya Sangha started A. B. Gajendragadkar Reference Library.
  • 1949 – The theatre wing of Sahitya Sangha was established; followed immediately by coaching classes in acting. Stalwarts like Keshavrao Date, Nanasaheb Phatak, Parshwanath Altekar gave guidance to the students.
  • 1950 – Organized 33rd Sahitya Sammelan. President : Rajkavi Yashwant.
  • 22nd October 1950 – A joyful event : Land acquired for Sahitya Sangha Mandir building.
  • 27th October 1952 – Bhoomipoojan Ceremony at the hands of Hon. Shri. N. V. Gadgil, Central Minister. The presiding priest : Tarkateerth Laxmanshastri Joshi.
  • 1953 – Completion of the smaller building and stage, as well as the open theatre. Beginning of theatre festival in the open thatre.
  • 1953 – Received the proud privilege of presenting two plays – “Bhaubandaki” and “Khadashtak” produced by the thatre wing at the Centenary Celebrations of Indian Railways in Delhi.
  • 1954 – A National theatre festival was organized by the Govt. of India at Delhi. Plays in fourteen Indian languages were presented at this festival. Sahitya Sangha’s presentation “Bhaubandaki” received the first prize in the traditional sector, as well as President’s award. Marathi theatre got an honourable place in Delhi.
  • 26th January 1957 – The first performance of “Tujhe Aahe Tujapashi” written and directed by P. L. Deshpande was presented by theatre wing. of Sahitya Sangha. Plays like “Sharada”, “Bhaubandaki”, “Honaji Bala”, “Tujhe Aahe Tujapashi”, “Tilak Aani Agarkar” mark significant stages in the history of Sangha’s theatre wing.
  • 1958 – Children’s theatre wing of the Sahitya Sangha started its work with a play for children “Madhumanjiri”.
  • 7th January 1960 – The foundation stone of the Sahitya Mandir building was laid by Hon. Shri. Chintamanrao Deshmukh, the then Finance Minister of Govt. of India.
  • 1962 – “Amrut Natya Bharati” established in memory of late Dr. A. N. Bhalerao.
  • 1963 – The road in Kelewadi in front of Sangha Mandir was named Dr. A. N. Bhalerao Marg. Sangha workers like Shri. Appa Pendse, Dr. Baba Kalgutkar made special efforts to achieve this.
  • 1964 – Sahitya Sangha started its examinations in literature.
  • 6th April 1964 – The grand new building of the Sahitya Sangha was inaugurated at the hands of the then Defense Minister, Hon. Shri. Yashwantrao Chavan.
  • 1st August 1970 – Coaching classes in Marathi started for non-Marathi speaking adults.
  • 1974 – A successful tour of Germany by the theatre wing of the Sahitya Sangha. The play “Ajab Nyay Vartulacha” presented at Zurich and Berlin. Theatre wing & artists of the Sahitya Sangha felicitated at National Drama-training centre at Weimar. This tour was led by Dr. Bal Bhalerao.
  • 1976 – Renowned novelist Shri. V. S. Khandekar felicitated at the Sahitya Sangha on receiving the prestigious “Dnyanpeeth” award.
  • 1980 – Late Shri. N. R. Phatak research centre established.
  • 1982- Theatre wing of the Sangha produced the play “Tilak Aani Agarkar”.
  • 1986 – The Diamond jubilee Sammelan of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Mahamandal organized by Sahitya Sangha. President : Vishram Bedekar.
  • 1986 – Organized a conference of drama critics.
  • 1989 – Dnyanpeeth award recipient V. V. Shiwadkar alias Kusumagraj felicitated.
  • 1990 – Organized Mumbai Marathi Patrakar Sammelar.
  • 1990 – Organized Mumbai Marathi Prakashak Sammelan.
  • 20-21st April 1991 – Marathi Humourous Literature Sammelan.
  • 1992 – Bhasaha Bhagini Sammelan.
  • 1994 – Sahitya Sangha theatre festival. Golden memories theatre festival.
  • 14-15th January 1995 – Area-wise Sammelans.
  • 1995 – Diamond jubilee celebrations of Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangha.
  • 22nd – 24th March 1996 – Mumbai Mahanagar Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (Earlier called Upnagar Sahitya Sammelan).
  • 1996 – Beginning of the programme for annual awards for literature and drama to be given by the Sahitya Sangha.
  • 2001 to 2002 – Birth centenary of Dr. A. N. Bhalerao.
  • 12th April 2003 – 32nd Mumbai Mahanagar Sahitya Sammelan. Publication of “Ek Sanskrutik Sarita” – an overview of the Sangha’s work of 65 years.
  • 14th August 2003 – First elocution competition for college students.
  • 16th November 2003 – First Marathi Sahitya Sammelan for college students organized by the Sahitya Sangha.
  • December 2003 – Beginning of three tiered one-act play competition 1) Yuva Amrut Mahotsav 2) Amrutvel Karandak (Amateur group) 3) Amrut Karmashri Karandak (Employees group).
  • 17th March 2004 – Inauguration of “Rang Sang” – a programme for experimental plays at the hands of well known actor-director Shri. Damu Kenkre.
  • 14th February to 25th February 2005 – “Rang Sang” organized a multi-lingual (Urdu, Gujrathi, Hindi, English & Marathi) theatre festival.
  • 12th December 2007 – Milind Gadgil award for children’s literature instituted by senior novelist and poet Shri. Gangadhar Gadgil in memory of his brother Milind Gadgil was awarded to “Chandukaka” written by Shri. Neelimkumar Khaire.