Prominent Personalities:CHITRAPUR SARASWATS
*Amembal Dinkarrao: (b.24.9.1909 at Mangalore,d.19.2.1990 atMumbai) Musician(Flautist and Conductor of Orchestras),founder
of the "Mumbai Akashwani Vadya Vrinda".Fellow of the Sangeet Natak Akademy:(1987).
*Amembal Sundarrao: Chairman of Suburban Music Circle,Santacruz(W),Mumbai . for several years. Held very important positions
in Social organisations.
*Aroor Umabai: Author of "Shri Chitrapur Guruparampara Charitra" ,"an epic in mellifluous Marathi verse"
*Balsekar Ramesh: A well-known exponent of Advaita.Was Chief Executive Officer of Bank of India.
*Badakere Sai Kumar :National Men`s Single Table-Tennis Champion (1971),India.Partenering with K.Jayant won the
men`s doubles National Titles for a couple of years.
*Burde Prakash: Music critic . Author of "Basic principles of Hindustani Music'
* Baindoor Deorai Aiyagal: Dramatist and Playwrite of the Konkani Stage. Author of 'Konkani Self
*Benegal Narsing rao : (b.26.2.1887,d.30.11.1953) Sir Narsingrrao represented India at UNO and presided
over the meeting of the Security Council in June, 1950. . He also helped Dr.B.R.Ambedkar
in drafting the Indian Constitution.Was a Judge at the Internatinal Court of Justice at the Hague(1951-52).
*Dr.S.C.R.Bhat (Nandbhat): Exponent of Indian Classical Music, Performer and Teacher.Sangeet Acharya.Well-versed
both in Khayal and Dhrupad Gayaki. Recipient of of Saraswatbharana Award at the hands of Swami Sadyojat Shankarashram.
*Bantwal Prabhakar : As the President of the Standing Committee of the Chitrapur Math played a crucial role in
the affairs of the Math .for continuation of Guruparampara..
*Badakere Shantaram : Artist of extra-ordinary talents.Well-respected for portrait paintings.
*Benegal Ramarao:(1889-1969) Sir Ramarao was Governor of the Reserve Bank of India . He was also the Ambassador of India
to Japan .
*Benegal Shivrao: Journalist and a Parliamentarian.
*Benegal Sanjivrao: Educationist
*Bhatkal Ganpat R.: Founder of Popular Group of companies in the book-trade.Philanthropist and
*Bhatkal Sadanand Ganpat: Social worker and entrepreuner.
*Bhatkal Ramdas : Publisher of important books .Author of Marathi book "JIGSAW", a household name among
*Bhatkal Anil M.: Chartered Accountant.Founded A.M.Bhatkal Financial Services Private Ltd. Social worker .
* Bijoor Dattatreya Anant :A Karmyogi of our time.Initiator and guiding spirit of the Khar
Math, a philanthropist and social worker .Manging Trustee of the Khar Math.
*Benegal Shyam :Film personality,Director of movies such as "Ankur',"Manthan","Nishant","Bhumika"."Kalyug"
and "Sardari Begum'. and "Zubeida".
*Bhardwaj Nitish: TV and Film personality.Recipient of Saraswatbharana Award.
*Chandavarkar Narayanaro : Justice Narayanrao Chandavarkar was President of the Lahore Session of
the Indian National Congress held in 1900 .Was a High Court Judge. and a leading light of the Prarthana Samaj.
*Chandavarkar Sir Vithal N. : Industrialist, served as the Mayor of Bombay (now Mumbai), and Vice-Chancellor of
the University of Bombay.
*Chandavarkar Ganesh L. : Educationist and a leader of the Prarthana Samaj.
*Chandavarkar Leena : Made a name for herself as a heroin filmstar by working in Hindi movies.
*Chadavarkar Bhaskar: Sitarist,Music Composer and Director. (Saamana, Godhuli, Ghashiram Kotwal )
*Chandavarkar Ramdas A.: Chairman of FDC Limited.Philantropist and Recipient of Saraswatbharna Award.
*Chikermane R.S.: Retired IRS Officer .(Chief Commissioner of Income-tax).Recipient of Saraswatbharana Award.
*Chattopadhyay Kamaladevi:(1903-!988) Freedom fighter ,founded Indian National Theater.Bharatiya Natya Sangh (1949)
Gave new life to Kalamkari form of Art.
*Dr.Divgi Bhawanishankar P. : Social worker by inclination and temper.Served the people as the Mayor of Bombay(Mumbai).Was
one of the leaders of Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti and a Member of the Legislative Assembly.
*Divgi R.N. (Babmam) :Founder of Divgi Meatalware
.Received Saraswatbharna Award.
*Dongerkery S.R. :First Vice-Chancellor of the Marathwada University(now Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University).
*Dongerkery Umanathrao: Konkani playwrite and poet.
*Dongerkery Kamala bai: Scholar and social worker.
*Lt.General Prakash Gokarn: Retd.Signal Officer-in-Chief,Army H.Q.,Was Secretary of Army`s Reorganzation and Restructuring
Expert committee for upgrading organisation and &Weapon Systems of the Army.Was awarded Ati Vishist Seva Medal and Param
Vishist Seva Medal for distinguished services of the most exceptional level by the President of India.
*Gokarn Vinayak Shankar (1890-1976) : Leading advocate of Karwar practised on the Civil side.He was on the
committee, along with Madhav Manjunath Shanbhag, that organised the first Konkani Parishad on 8th July 1939
at Karwar in the Uttar Kannada Distict of Karnataka,India.
*Gokarn Maruti Vinayak:(!932- 1986) Founded Triton Valves Limited.,( a company manufacturing Automobile
Tyre Tube Valves) at Bangalore in the state of Karnatak (India) with factory at Mysore.
*Gokarn Gurunath : Social worker with a flair for Journalism.He gave shape and prestige to "Kanara Saraswat" a
monthly magazine of the Kanara Saraswat Association during his tenure as its Editor.
*Hattangadi Jayadev : Actor, Director --Theater personalty.recipient of several honours including the
one at the Akhil Vishwa Saraswat Sammelan, held at Mangalore (India) in 2000.One of the leading
members of the Theater Group :'AVISHKAR'.
*Hattangadi Rohini :TV,Film and Theater personality .
*Gokarn Ratnakar Nagesh:: Following the footsteps of his father late Shri Nagesh Gokarn , Ratnakar took to social
work like a fish takes to water.Connected with Shamrao-Vithal Co-op.Bank Lrd. as a member of the Board of Directors.Worked
for the Kanara Saraswat Association in various capacities.
*Gulvadi Omkar: Tabla wizard of Hindustani Classical Music
*Gangolli Ramesh: Professor of Mathamatics -University of Washington at Seattle. Scholar and Musician.
*Hattiangadi Shankar Rau: Remembered for his work of stabilising the finances of Shri Chitrapur
Math,Shirali (North Kanara) . Founder Editor of "Sunbeam" a monthly publication devoted to propagation of Dharma.
* Hattiangadi Gopal S.: (b.15.12.1921-d.16.5.2003) Ph.D. (University of South California.Prepared a Reports on
Chemical Industry in 1942-44,and on "Vanaspati Industry" (1958). Scholar of repute.Author of several books including "Fifty
Years of Bliss"(1965),"Pandurang,Pandurang"(1965).Received Shrimat Anandashram Award' for lifetime achievement
from Swami Sadyojat Shankarashram.
*Hattiangadi Eknath:(d.18.10.2001);Theatre personality remembered for his his roles in "Shantata Court Chalu Ahe",
"Vallbhpurchi Dantkatha" and other Marathi plays, and "Under-Secretary', "Atmavanchan" and other Konkani plays."Best
Actor Award' of the Govt. of Maharashtra for his role in "Avadhya".
* Hattiangadi Vasant P. :Revived "Chitrapur Sunbeam" a publication of great merit and was the President of
the Mahasabha of Chitrapur Math .
*Haldipur R.N.: Former Lt.Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
*Pt.Haldipur Nityanand: Flautist and musician .
*Hattangadi Muralidhar: Remembered for his singleminded devotion and yeomen service to the Konkani stage.A prize
has been instituted in his memory by Konkani Bhasha Mandal,Mumbai (KBMM) to be awarded to a student scoring highest
marks at the H.S.C. Exam. from amongst those whose any one of parents/grandparents is a member of KBMM.
*Heblekar Pt.Gurudatt ::The Ace Harmonium-player.
*Hemmadi Suresh : Served as the President of Kanara sarswat Association , Chairman of Shamrao Vithal
*Hosangadi Murali R.: Was President of the Kanara Saraswat Association .Held senior positions in Industial
organisations and was CEO of a world-class Phrmaceutical company.
*Hoskote Ranjit:(b.1969) : Poet and Cultural Theorist Independent curator,
Art Critic .Received Sanskriti Award for literature in 1996.Honoured by the Sahitya Akademi.Young Writers` Award ,2004.
*Kamat (Dr.) Jyotsna : Teacher,Researcher, Broadcaster.Best Woman Kannada Writer of 1995-96
and K.Shamarao Scholarship Award.Karnatak Literary Academy Award 1988 , Rajyotsav award 1991(for extra-ordinary
contribution to Kannada language and literature thro` electronic media.)
*Kundapur Umabai :(1892-1992 Freedom fighter.Born in Mangalore (Bhawani Golikeri), she was in charge of "Tilak Kanya
Shala".Founded "Bhagini Mandal" in Hubli.In 1946 Mahatma Gandhi appointed her Agent of Karnatak Branch of Kasturba Ttrust.
She is remembered for her selfless service of over 50 years to the motherland .
* Kalyanpurkar ( Prof.)Mohanrao :Headed the Dance Department at the Bhatkande Music College.Luckhonow.He
was trained under Guru Sundar Prasad. Proficient in Sitar and Tabla.
* Katre( Prof.)S.M. :.(B.11-4- 1906 at Honawar ,India d. 1-4-1999 )Scholar.Author of "A Comparative
Glossary of Konkani',"Konkani Phonetics", "The formation of Konkani" "Dictionary of Panini :Ganapatha",
Instrumental in starting the .Department of Linguistics at the Deccan College Post-graduate and Research
Institute ,Pune and played a prominent role in the development of Lingistics in India..
*Kaikini Vithal Krishnaji :Author of the following books written in Marathi: "Gokarn Mahatmya"(1870), Mangesh Mahatmya
*Kaikini Shamrao Vithal (1841-1905): Author of "Introduction to Parashariya Dharmshastra" (1900).In 1871 ,he
passed Pleader`s Examination ,was appointed Second Kannada Translator to the Bombay High Court.Because of
his service to the community Shamrao Vithal Co-op. Bank Ltd. started in 1906 is named after him.
*Pt.Kaikini Dinkar :A great Vocalist of Hindustani Music,Musicologist.He worked as the Principal of Bhawan`s
College of Music for several years.
*Kalyanpur Suman (nee Hemmadi): As a playback singer she is among the top few persons. "Suman Geete",
a collection of Marathi songs is still a big favourite.
*Kalle Krishna: As a singer of light Classical renderings she is very popular among all generations.
*Kalle Pandurangrao: Social worker,Businessman and Philantropist.
*Kalyanpur Jayant: Spotsman. Was National Table-Tennis Champion (India).
*Kalyanpur Dinesh D.(DDK): A great Social Worker. He left a mark of his concern for people around him by his work
connected with bringing out Bhanap Census Report (1971)and many other social activities.
*Kati Suresh : Was in charge of Nuclear Power Corporation.Served as the President of Kanara Saraswat Association,Mumabai.
*Karnad Sadashivrao: Prominent leader of the Freedom Movement.
*Kulkarni Vishweshwarrao: Founder of Roy & Co.,and Bombay Homeopathic Medical Association.
*Karnad Girish: Rhodes Scholar.Was President of the Oxford Union.Playwrite,Actor and film personality. Received
Jnanpith Award for his contribution to Indian Literature.Author of plays in Kannada (Tughlak, Hayatvadan etc.)
*Karnad V.G. : Flutist of great distinction.Recipient of Saraswatbharana Award.
*Kurwar Krishna: Recipient of 11 State Awards for excellent ptinting, Playwrite and proponent of Konkani
and Marathi literary pursuits.
*Kamat Sadhana: Professor of Psychology,author of many books.Served as the President of the Kanara Saraswat Association.
Created and conducted popular programmes on lives of Saints.
*Kodikal V..L. :was the first Chairman and Managing Director of Colgate & Palmolive (India)
*K.Gurudatt (Kilpady Gurudatt): Scholar and Social Worker.
*Kudmul Sadashiv D.: (1912-2000): Social worker.President of Saraswat Club,Santacruz-W, Mumbai (1954-56).Founder and
Hon.Member of Chitrapur Saraswat Education and Relief Society (Regd) .Philanthropist.
*Pt.Murdeswar Devendra:(1923-2000) Performer,Flute-maker,Teacher, Broadcaster and Producer of Classical Music (Akashwani).Prime
Disciple of Pt. Pannalal Ghosh.
* Murdeshwar (Rao-Bahadur )G.P.: Founder-Chairman of the Greater Bombay and Thane Disrict Co-op.Hsg.Federation Ltd..He
was also the President of Advocates Association of Western India in1946.
*Dr.Mankekar Mohan S.: Started Jivadani Hospital in 1979 in partnership with other doctors.
*Mavinkurve Gopal S.: Was associated with the Kanara Saraswat Association (Regd) in various capacities .Organiser
of great ability ,he inspired a band of Social workers.Director of Konkani and Marathi plays.Played a leading role in organising
the first Inter-Collegiate Konkani Drama Competition in Bombay.(Mumbai),India.
*Masurkar Gurudas : Founder Chairman of Entod Pharmaceuticals.Social worker.Was Chairman of Shamrao Vithal Co-Op.Bank
* Muzumdar Kalindi: Social worker Was associated with Nirmala Niketan of Social Sceinces, Mumbai.
*Pt.Nagarkar Chidanand: Exponent of Hindustani Classical Music.He is remembered for his Khyaal Gayaki..
*Nadkarni Pandurang N.: Author of "Shri GITAMMA" , a rendering in chaste Konkani in Anustabh Metre of Bhagwat-Geeta.
Assisted Raobahadur S.S.Talmaki in writing "Saraswat Families" . a book dealing with the history and origin of Chitrapur
*Nadkarni Vasant Pandurang: Playwrite and Director of several Konkani plays.He was awarded by Maharashtra
Government for best acting for his role of 'Lalya" in the Hindi version of the Marathi play "Ashrunci zali Phulen".His
play 'Mrugjal' has been acclaimed by discerning audience .He has cotributed a great deal to Konkani literature,"Devva"
,acollection of poems is the rendering in Konkani of poems from Ravindranath Tagore`s "Geetanjali" .
*Nadkarni Mohan : Author, Musicologist and Critic. Author of major works .("Music To Thy Ears" "The
*Nalkur Shripad Rao( Sippy Rao): A great Social worker,organiser and Indusrialist. He has held the
coveted posts of the positions of President of the Standing Committee of the Chitapur Sarawats ,Chaiman of the Shamrao
Vithal Co-op.Bank Limited, and the President of Kanara Saraswat Association . Charman of Suburban Music Circle, Santacruz-W,
*Nadkarni Suresh Vishweshwar: A Cricketer of repute, remembered for taking all the 11 wickets in one of the matches
in the inter-University Tournaments. Played for Mumbai-University,ACC ,Sundar Cricket Club.
*Nadkarni S.K.: Civil Engineer by profession he was associated with Kanara Saraswat Association. Co-sponsored the
first Inter-Collegiate Konkani Dramatic Competition in Bombay in 1954-55 by donating a Trophy.
*Raobahadur D.V.Nadkarni: Held the position of Dy.Municipal Commissioner of Bombay. Was President of the
Standing Committee of Chitrapur Math .Rendered valuable service as the Chairman of the Shamrao Vithal Coop.Bank Ltd.
*Nagarkatte Anant :Actor,Director and a film-personality.
*Nagarkatte Shankar: Actor..'Malgudi Days'
*Nilekani Nandan: An brilliant Alumni of the Indian Institute of Technology,Powai ,Bombay . Former Chief Executive
Officer of Infotech.Author of "Imagining India",Winner of several prestigious awards including Joseph Schumpeter Prize
for innovative service in economy,economics sciences and politics.
*Pt.Naimpalli Sadanand Dinkar: A Tabla-Maestro.He is the leading light of the Peshkars.He is sought after by the
connoisseurs of Indian Classical Music for Tabla Solo performances. Prime disciple of Pt.Taranath.Author of the book "Theory
and Practice of Tabla"
*Panje Krishnabai: A great Freedom fighter ,she took part in the Freedom Movement for liberation of India
from the yokes of the British Empire.
*Panje Mangeshrao: Noted Kannada writer.
*P.Gurudatt: Director and Actor of the Hindi Film World..Remembered for his epoch-making films
such as "Pyaasa"and "Kagaz ke phool" .
*Padukone Prakash:(b. 10-6-1955 at Bangalore) Ace Badminton player.At the Commonwealth Games held at Edmonton
in Canada in 1978, Prakash won Gold-medal by winning Men`s Singles.Was Badminton National Level Champion.
of India for nine years in a row. Recipient of "Arjuna" award.
*Patil Vimala: A multi-faceted personality,well-known writer,media-person,social worker,designer of fashion-shows
and beuty contests.Connoisseur of fine and performing arts.
*Pandit Shitala Kishor: Managing Trustee of Punyatma Prabhakar Sharma Seva Mandal.
*Patel Sushilarani : A well-known musician and film-journalist.Was a member of the Censor Board.
*Row Jaya: Exponent and Preacher of Bhagwat-Geeta.
*Samsi Ambabai: Author of "Raschandrika", a household name amongst women of India.
Sirur Prabhakar:(1907-2000) Artist -Painter and Illusrator of great merit.Staff Artist of
Bennett Colman & company for many years..The painting showing Mahatma Gandhi and Pt.Jawaharlal Nehru is a Treasure
item. ( Its prints decorated walls of many a household.)
*Sirur N.D.: Industrialist and Philanthropist.An orphanage managed by the Prarthana Samaj is named after him.
*Sirur Raghavesh: Industialist and Entrepreneur.Took leading part in Commerce and Industry matters
*Shiralkar Shrinath S. : He was Dy.Governor of Reserve Bank of India from 18th Dec.1970 to 25th July,1976.
*Samsi Yogesh: Musician , disciple of Alla Rakha.As a top-grade Tabla player he has few equals.
*Shirali Vishnudas : A great musician .He was a Music Director in the Films Division ,Ministry of Information &
Broadcasting,Govt. of India.
*Surkund Annajirao: Great Guru of the Konkani Stage.His pioneering spirit was seen when he introduced
Yakshagana to Konkani people. He staged a number of Konkani plays .
*Talageri Venkatrao: Actor , Director and Playwrite.He won President`s Medal for Best Acting in a Kannad
Film.His Konkani play "Satyasheel Harishchandra" is fondly remembered to this date.
*Talageri Pandurangrao: Playwrite and Dramatist of the Konkani Stage.He used Kannada Script for writing Konkani
*Tallur Rukmabai: Social worker of extra-ordinary willpower.Founder Managing Trustee of Punyatma Prabhakar
Sharma Seva Mandal. (For more visit website 'www.punyaseva.org')
* Talmaki (Raobahadur )Shripad S (b.25.12.1868at Honawar d.28.1.1948 at Dharwad) : Author,Researcher
and Social Worker.Initiator of many and varied social causes.Founded ;Shamrao Vithal Co-op.Bank ltd.9(27-!2-1907).First
President of Kanara Saraswat Association (Regd.),Author of "Co-operation in India and Abroad","Konkani Proverbs", "Sarasawt
*Ullal Sudarrao: Short-stories writer in Konkani.
*Dr.Ugrankar S.L : Well-known consulting physician served as the President of the Kanara Saraswat Association
*V.Rajagopal Bhat (Vithal ): Sanskrit Scholar, Editor of "Shri Chitrapur Sunbeam", Author of "Pandav Gita"(1970),"Sadguru
Bodhamrit"(1971), "Gleanings From Guru Gita"(1969),"Panchratna Haripath" (in English and Marathi :1972, "Our Sanskaras"(1976)
and "Gurugeetamrit"(1998). Received the title of "Dharmapracharak" from revered Swamiji Shri Sadyojat Shankarashram
--the Pontiff of Shri Chitrapur Math
*Yennemadi Devrai : Was judge of the City Civil Court and President of the Standing committee of Chitrapur Math.
*Yennemadi Vinod: Chartered Accountant .Chief Financial Officer of HDFC Bank Ltd.