1918 – Popular Marathi poet, essayist and writer Govind Vinayak Karandikar or Vinda Karandikar was born. He was a prominent Marathi poet and his poetic works include ‘Svedgangaa’, ‘Mrudgandha’, ‘Dhrupad’, ‘Jaatak’ and ‘Virupika’. He also penned poems for children which included ‘Ranicha Baag’, ‘Pari Ga Pari’ and ‘Sashyache Kaan’. Vinda translated poems of Aristotle and William Shakespeare’s King Lear into Marathi. He also translated his poems into English known as ‘Vinda poems’. In 2003, Vinda was awarded the 39th Jnanpith Award(the highest literary award in India) for ‘Ashtadarshan’. He also received the Soviet Land Nehru Literary Prize, ‘Kabir Samman’ and the ‘Sahitya Akademi’ Fellowship (1996).

Govind Vinayak Karandikar with APJ Abdul Kalam

Govind Vinayak Karandikar with APJ Abdul Kalam

1922 – Renowned Painter Jehangir Ardeshir Sabavala was born. After earning his diploma from the Sir J.J School of Art in 1944 he went to Europe and studied at the Heatherley School of Art, London(1945 to 1947), in Paris at the ‘Academie Andre Lhote’ (1948 to 1951), the ‘Academie Julian’ (1953 to 1954) and the ‘Academic de la Grande Chaumiere’ (1957). Sabavala was known for his brilliance with oils. He has to his credit over 30 solo exhibitions held in and outside India. His last solo exhibition ‘Ricorso’ was held at the Sakshi Gallery in Mumbai (2008) and at the Aicon Gallery in New York (2009). In 1977,the President of India bestowed the Padma Shri on him and the ‘Lalit Kala Ratna’, the fellowship of Lalit Kala Academy in 2007.

Jahangir Sabawala

Jehangir Ardeshir Sabavala

 1954 – The Hindi Nomenclature of the Council of States was adopted as ‘Rajya Sabha’.

1958 – The Marathwada University was inaugrated by the then Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was later renamed as Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in 1994.

Arati Gupta(Saha) Swimmer Stamp

Arati Gupta(Saha)

1994 – First Asian woman to swim across the English Channel, Arati Gupta(Saha) passed away. Her talent was spotted by great swimming champion of India Sachin Nag when Arati was four. She won 22 State Competitions from 1945 to 1951 inclusive of a national record in 1949.On 29 September 1959, Arati swam 42 miles in 16 hours 20 minutes starting from Cape Gris Nez, France to Sandgate, Kent, England where she hoisted the tri-color. The Government of India honored her with the Padma Shri in 1960.