Balwant Moreshwar Purandare – a Padma Vibhushan winner and eminent historian – died Monday at the age 99. Purandare (99), who is an authority on Maratha warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj, was admitted to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in the city three days ago. He was being treated for pneumonia.
Since Sunday evening, his health rapidly declined and he was placed on ventilator in an intensive care unit. He was presented with Padma Vibhushan (India’s second-highest civilian award) in 2019 and the Maharashtra Bhushan Award in 2015.
He directed and wrote the play “Jaanta Raja”, which was performed by over 200 performers and translated into five languages.
Purandare was also the director of the theatre history extravaganza titled Jaanta Raja about Shivaji Maharaj in the mid-1980s. He noted that Purandare’s Marathi books did not reflect his imagination and ideas, so he was disappointed by the translations.