Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Marathi Writer Meena Takalkar passes away

Pune, November 22, 2009- Noted Marathi writer and translator Meena Takalkar passed away here after protracted illness November 21. She was 56. She is survived by husband senior journalist Anil Takalkar and son Nikhil. Meena Takalkar has translated English books in Marathi published by Mehta Prakashan. These included Osho’s ‘Osho-mrutyu Armrutache Dar,’ ‘Hasat Khelat Dnyandharana’  and ‘Saad ghalato Kabir’. Her own book
Sujan Palakatva’ had several editions, as it was considered invaluable for parents who wanted to guide school-going children in homework and was an aid for examinations. ‘Kesanchi Niga’, ‘Apale Saudarya aani tyachi niga’ were her other translations already published while translated works on Kerala tourism and motivation are expected to be launched soon.
Despite her chronic illness, Ms Takalkar completed the manuscript of Marathi translation of ‘The Price of Love’, a true story on domestic violence penned by British author Nicola T James.
She was associated with the city’s art, literature, theatre, and sports movements. She had important roles in plays staged by leading amateur groups in the city and had won the first award for female artiste in a competition organized by Bharat Sanchar  Nigam Ltd (BSNL). She had taken voluntary retirement as Senior Supervisor of BSNL.
Ms Takalkar was a regular contributor to various Marathi periodicals, such as Lokprabha, Saptahik Sakal and Maharashtra Times. As a woman entrepreneur, she had visited Singapore, and had frequently toured USA.
Her son Nikhil is Director (Business Transformation), the Marriott International INC, the well known chain of hotels worldwide, and is based in Washington DC.
Ms Takalkar was cremated at the Vaikunth Crematorium Monday November 23. 

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