Indira Sant

Indira Sant (Marathi: इंदिरा संत; 4 January 1914 – 13 July 2000) was a Marathi poet from Maharashtra, India.


Indira Sant was born on 4 January 1914 as Indira Dikshit in the small town Tavandi of Belgaum District, India, Karnataka.[citation needed]

Indira studied at Rajaram College[1] in Kolhapur, and Fergusson College in Pune where she met her future husband Narayan Sant.[citation needed] In 1940, four years after their marriage, the two published a joint collection of their poems titled Sahawas (सहवास). Indira's husband, Narayan Sant, died in 1946.[citation needed] The pain of loss of her husband found its expression in some of her poems. The principal theme of most of her poetry is love and longing.[citation needed] The love of nature is also evident in her poems. Her poetry further pertains to different dimensions of a woman's life.[citation needed]

Indira Sant wrote 25 books.[citation needed] She worked first as a professor and then as the principal in a teacher's training college in Belgaum.[citation needed]

Semi-autobiographical articles by Sant were published in 1986 in a book titled Mrudgandha (मृद्गंध). The book Phulwel (फुलवेल) contains a collection of her essays.

Ramesh Tendulkar published in 1982 a compilation titled Mrunmayi (मृण्मयी) of Sant's selected poetry.

Her poems have been translated into English as "Snake-skin and other poems of Indira Sant" (1975).

Major worksEdit

  • Shele (शेले) (1951)
  • Mendi (मेंदी) (1955)
  • Mrugajal (मृगजळ) (1957)
  • Ranga Bawari (रंगबावरी) (1964)
  • Bahulya (बाहुल्या) (1972)
  • Garbhareshim (गर्भरेशीम) (1982)
  • Malan Gatha (मालन गाथा)
  • Wamsh Kusum (वंशकुसुम)
  • Marawa (मरवा)
  • Nirakar (निराकार)
  • Ghungurwala (घुंघुरवाळा)


Besides receiving in 1984 the Sahitya Akademi Award for her collection of poems Garbhareshami (गर्भरेशमी), Sant received for her poetry:

  • Anant Kandekar Award
  • Sahitya Kala Academy Award
  • Maharashtra State Award
  • Janasthan Award


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