Mahabaleshwar Sail

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Mahabaleshwar Sail (born 4 August 1943)[1] ho Ek Bharatiya lekhak. 2016 hea vorsann taka tachea kadambarik 'Hawthan' (हावटण), Saraswati Samman ho puraskar mel'lo.[2][3]


Mahabaleshwar Sail was born on 4 August 1943 in Shejebag, Majali, Karnataka village of Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. He was born in a family of agriculturalists. Sail's father was in the Army. Due to his father's demise, Sail has to leave schooling during his childhood and engage in agriculture. He started school at the age of six and dropped out in the eighth standard.[4] Subsequently, he enrolled himself in the Indian Army. Sail also participated in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965[5] and was stationed at the Hussainiwala border.[6]

He also served as a United Nations peacekeeper between 1964-1965 at the border between Israel and Egypt.[5] Sail has worked as a supervisor in the Forest Department. He was also in the Goa, Daman and Diu Police. Sail worked in India Post till his retirement.[4][7]


Sail initially wrote in Marathi language but later started writing in Konkani language too.[8] His first story appeared in Pralhad Keshav Atre's Sāptāhik Navyug weekly.[5] The first story which he was during a lull in the battle after the Tashkent Declaration.[4]

Sail has written stories, novels and children's literature in Konkani language. He has authored novels, stories and plays in Marathi language.[8] His first Konkani novel was Kaali Ganga (काळी गंगा) in 1996.[5] It dealt with the lives of the farming communities on the banks of the Kali River (Karnataka) in Karwar.[4] Sail received the Sahitya Akadami Award in Konkani language for his short story collection Taranga(तरंगा) in 1993.[4]

He has authored two novellas, Adrusht(अदृष्ट) and Aranyakand(अरण्यकांड) in Konkani language.[4] Adrusht(अदृष्ट) was adapted in the form of the critically acclaimed Konkani language film Paltadacho Munis.[9][4]

Sail's Konkani shorty story collections are Padtadche Taru(पलतडचे तारू), 'Taranga(तरंगा), Baynet Fighting(बायनेट फायटिंग), Nimano Ashwathama(निमाणो अश्वत्थामा) and Don Moolanche Zhaad(दोन मुळांचें झाड).[8] His novels in Konkani language are 'Kaali Ganga(काळी गंगा), Adrusht(अदृष्ट), Aranyakand(अरण्यकांड), Yug Sanvar(युगसांवार), Khol Khol Moolam(खोल खोल मुळा), Vikhar Vilkho(विखार विळखो) and Maati and Malab(माती आनी मळब).[8]

He has to his credit a childrne's novel named Saim Dev(सैम देव). His novels in Marathi language are Taandav(तांडव) and Band Darvaja(बंद दरवाजा). Sail has also scripted plays in Marathi language such as Nako Jalu Maza Gharta(नको जाळू माझं घरटं), Charitryaheen(चारित्र्याहीन), Sharanaagati(शरणागती) and Yaatna Chakra(यातना चक्र).[8]

Critical reception[बदल]

Sail's writing is characterised by research on the topic and the use of Konkani language words from Karwar region. His novels are characterized by the use of strong female heroines and an excellent depiction of the characters.[10]

Sail's Yug Sanvar(युगसांवार) in Konkani language and Taandav(तांडव) in Marathi language are based on the Goa Inquisition.[4] Both the novels were widely discussed and an English translation by Vidya Pai entitled Age of Frenzy was released by HarperCollins India.[11]

His novel Vikhar Vilkho(विखार विळखो) is based on the issue of narcotics.[5] Hawthan(हावटण) is based on the challenged faced by the traditional potters due to the diminishing demand for their wares.[5] Sail's writing have been honoured with various awards including the prestigious Saraswati Samman, 2016.[5]

Awards and honours[बदल]

In addition, Sail has been a member of various government and literary organisations like the Sahitya Akademi, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Akademi and the Goa Kala Academy.[5] He was the President of the All India Konkani Parishad in 2005.[5]


  1. Sumit, Roy. "भारत -पाक सीमा पर युद्ध लड़ चुके हैं महाबलेश्वर सैल, अब साहित्‍य के मिला ये बड़ा सम्‍मान". NDTV India (in Hindi). Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  3. "Konkani author Mahabaleshwar Sail gets Saraswati Samman". Business Standard. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4
  12. "AKADEMI AWARDS KONKANI (Since 1977)". Sahitya Akademi. Sahitya Akademi. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4
  14. "Mahabaleshwar Sail chosen for Konkani award". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 March 2017.

External links[बदल]

सांचो:Saraswati Samman

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