Published On : Fri, Jul 1st, 2016

Eminent Marathi literary scholar R C Dhere no more

rc_dherePune/Nagpur: Eminent Marathi writer R C Dhere, known for his exhaustive research in folk literature and bhakti tradition of Maharashtra, passed away in Pune this morning following prolonged illness, family sources said. He was 86.

Dhere, a recipient of the Sahitya Academy Award in 1987 for his book Sri Vitthal-A Mahasamanvayak (Lord Vitthal- A great coordinator)’, carved a niche for himself by tracing the roots of Maharashtra’s folk traditions and literature with an extensive research that highlighted the influence of saints on Maharashtrian ethos.

His other works that won acclaim included Muslim Marathi Saint Poets, Dakshinecha Lokdev Khandoba, History of Nath Sampraday and Sri Venkateshwara.