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Narhar Kurundkar (1932-82) was a well-known thinker and critic in Maharashtra. Through his books in Marathi and through various lectures related to such varying disciplines as history, politics, dramaturgy, literary criticism, aesthetics, fine arts, he contributed to the cause of education and culture in Maharashtra. He offered original and unbiased incisive analysis of manifold challenges and complexities of contemporary social, political and cultural environment.

Deeply influenced by nationalist ideology and the Rashtra Seva Dal movement in Maharashtra, he firmly believed that it was a duty of our intellectuals to serve society in every possible way. He believed quite unambiguously that the placeof the intellectuals was to be on the side of the underdog, to question political masters and confront existing orthodoxies and insisted that the purpose of intellectual’s activity is to advance human freedom and knowledge.
In accordance with his firm conviction thatintelligentsia had a wider role in terms of  spreading awareness in society, he used to travel all over Maharashtra and even outside to give lectures on various issues related to literature, history, contemporary politics, questioning existing orthodoxies, rigid mindsets and inequitable power relations as well as enlightening people on various socio-cultural issues. 


Narhar Kurundkar’s multifaceted scholarship is reflected in the large variety of his writings. Two things stand out in his writings: his unbiased progressive secularism and rationalistic logical analysis accompanied by a strong sense of socialobligation. He was a stubborn optimist with a lot of ideological fervor about him. His socialism and broadly leftist ideological orientation did not come in the way of his individualism. In other words, he never imprisoned his thinking to any rigid ideological outlook. Progressive rationalistic ideology, social commitment and liberal humanitarianism were cornerstones of his life.


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This books deals with critical examination of Marathi Novel. This is accepted as epok making book by Marathi critics. This book takes review of currents and mile stones in Marathi novel published first from 1841 upto 1971.

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This book dealt with topics related to Aesthetics, Literary theory, and literary criticism. This includes critical examination on Mr B S Mardhekar’s critical writings. Also, includes an unique article on Ras, which is the first historical analysis of “Bharata’s Ras” theory.

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