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‘Pained beyond words’: PM Modi condoles historian Babasaheb Purandare’s death

By Priyanka Verma 
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Padma Vibhushan Babasaheb Purandare died at 5 am on Monday morning at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune. He was 99 years old and on life support.The last rites will be performed at 10.30 am at Vaikunth crematorium in Pune.

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Babasaheb Purandare, a historian and author, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on Saturday after he fell in the bathroom.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences on the demise of Babasaheb Purandare. He tweeted, “I am pained beyond words. The demise of Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare leaves a major void in the world of history and culture. It is thanks to him that the coming generations will get further connected to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. His other works will also be remembered.

“Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare was witty, wise and had rich knowledge of Indian history,” PM Modi said.

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He added, “Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare will live on due to his extensive works. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with his family and countless admirers. Om Shanti.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced state funeral for the notable historian and author Babasaheb Purandare, according to a statement by the Chief Minister’s Office


Babasaheb Purandare was a celebrated author, historian and theatre personality. He was known for his work on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He wrote several books on the king, his administration and the forts from Shivaji’s era. Babasaheb Purandare also directed ‘Jaanta Raja’, a popular play on Chhatrapati’s life.

In 2015, he received the state government’s Maharashtra Bhushan award. In 2019, he received the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second-highest civilian award.

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