Bal Samant

Bal Gangadhar Samant (May 27, 1924 January 18 2009) was an Indian writer. He wrote around 80 books in Marathi on a wide range of topics from fiction, biography, Marathi dramas and history. His books include a biography of Richard Francis Burton, (titled Shapith Yaksha), Hitler, Deenanath Mangeshkar, Marathi natyasangeet, reincarnation, Bal Gandharva, elephants (titled Gajaraja), death and many more.

Saprem Namaskar (सप्रेम नमस्कार) and Shapit Yaksha (शापित यक्ष) are two of his works.

He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2004 for Literature and education.[1]

Samant died on January 18, 2009 after prolonged illness.[2]


  1. "Public Padma Awards Directory (1954-2007)" (pdf). Ministry of Home Affairs. Government of India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  2. literateur Bal Samant passes away


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