Marathi Writer, Director, Ratnakar Matkari Dies of COVID-19 at 81
- Veteran Marathi writer and playwright Ratnakar Matkari has died.
- Matkari, 81, considered a pioneer of the children”s drama movement in Marathi, died at a hospital in suburban Marol here late Sunday night.
- The national-award-winning writer, who was considered a pioneer of the children’s drama movement in Marathi was reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 last week
- From story books for kids to plays, his work in Marathi literature was phenomenal, a writer said.
- According to latest reports, Ratnakar Matkari was admitted to Godrej Hospital four days ago and was later shifted to Seven Hills Hospital for treatment after his test report was positive.
- Matkari’s 98 works thus far include 33 plays, 8 collections of his one-act plays, 18 books of his short stories, 3 novels, a book of poems for children, and 14 plays and three collections of plays for children.
- Many of Matkari’s novels have been adapted for the stage such as Sate Lote, Jawai Majha Bhala, Brahmahatya, Ashwamedh to name a few.
- In 2013, Matkari directed a Marathi film Investment featuring Tushar Dalvi, Supriya Vinod, Sulbha Deshpande, Sanjay Mone, Sandeep Pathak, Bhagyashri Pane, Praharsh Naik, Soham Kolvankar and Milind Phatak in leading roles.
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