Dalit Literature In Maharashtra: Scope For The Research

Dr Suraj Sawant


Maharashtra has a considerably long tradition in literature. Three Marathi writers namely V.S.Khandekar, V.V.Shirwadkar, V.D.Karandikar have been honored with ‘Dnynpeeth’ award. In spite of the various national and state level recognitions, Marathi literature was unfortunately restricted to urban middle class milieu. So called problems of this class were voiced through the writings of these writers. Some of it catered the needs of neo literates in decades immediately following independence. Sometimes romantic love stories of the middle class boys and girls occupied the poems of the times, lyrical ballads and sonnets were written to take the readers to the world of make believe. Dalit, peasants and illiterate women didn’t have much place in this literature.

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