State declares Lifetime Achievement Award to Maruti Chitampalli

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2017 09:54:34

Staff Reporter,

Maharashtra Government’s Department of Marathi Language, on Tuesday, declared Vinda Karandikar Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award to renowned ornithologist-author ‘Aranyarishi’ Maruti Chitampalli.

Maharashtra Rajya Sahitya va Sanskruti Mandal and State Institute for Marathi Language will confer upon Chitampalli the coveted award in a ceremony to be held on February 27, on the occasion of Marathi Bhasha Gaurav Din. Vinod Tawde, Minister for Marathi Language, made the announcement in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Maharashtra Government announced other awards too on Tuesday. These include S P Bhagwat Award to Bharatiya Vichar Sadhana Prakashan, Mangesh Padgaonkar Bhasha Samvardhak Puraskar to Shyam Joshi, Dr Ashok Kelkar Linguistic Studies Award to veteran grammatist Yasmin Sheikh. The awards were announced following a meeting of juries that included Shripad Bhalchandra Joshi, Baba Bhand, Dr Sadanand Morey, and Shyama Ghonse.

The announcement of Vinda Karandikar Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award to Maruti Chitampalli spread a wave of joy
across not only Nagpur and Vidarbha but also Maharashtra. Anil Gadekar, District Information Officer, Nagpur, went to Chitampalli’s residence in the city and greeted him.

Born in 1932, Chitampalli grew up in Solapur. He enrolled himself in State Forest Service College, Coimbatore. After completing the training, he joined Maharashtra Government service. During the course of his service, he served forests and national parks including Karnala Bird Sanctuary, Navegaon National Park, Nagzira Sanctuary, and Melghat Tiger Project to name a few.

This laid a solid foundation of his interest in writing his impressions in Marathi. And, this also gave Maharashtra a great writer who enriched Marathi literature by adding several new words to its treasury. Chitampalli’s works are very significant, and he was elected to preside over Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan at Solapur in 2006. The books written by him and in recognition of his selfless sage-like contribution to the philosophy and understanding of forest, wildlife, and ornithology, he has been given the title of ‘Aranyarishi’.

‘Ratawa’, ‘Ranwata’, ‘Nilawanti’, ‘Pranikosh’, ‘Pakshikosh’, ‘Chaitra Paalvi’ are some of his widely acclaimed books. His autobiography ‘Chakva Chandan: Ek Vanopanishad’ offers insight into the personality of the dedicated man.