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Patthe Bapurao (November 11, 1868–December 22, 1941) was a Marathi singer-poet in the Tamasha musical theatre genre.[1] He also composed severals Vags, dramatic and humorous skits, which were also popular.[2]


Born on November 11, 1868, (at Rethareharnax, Sangli, Maharashtra) [3] as Shridhar Balkrishna Kulkarni in a typical Maharashtrian Brahmin family, he married the courtesan Pawala and became one of the most popular performers of early twentieth century.[4] In his memory,Patthe Bapurao Street is a name given to a street in Redlight area of South Mumbai (Falkland Road, Foras road near Alfred cinema). A movie has been made after him, and several streets are named for him in Mumbai and other Indian cities. The name is also written Bapurav.

He died on December 22, 1941.[3]


  1. ^ Anupama Rao (2009). The Caste Question: Dalits and the Politics of Modern India. University of California Press. pp. 63–. ISBN 978-0-520-25761-0. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Manohar Laxman Varadpande (1992). History of Indian Theatre. Abhinav Publications. pp. 170–. ISBN 978-81-7017-278-9. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Patthe_Bapurao". aathavanitli-gani. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Shirgaonkar, Varsha. "“Patthe Bapurao ani Mumbaichi Lavani”." Akhil Maharashtra Itihas Parishad (2002): 45-50.

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Fri, 14 Aug 2015 07:37:30 -0700

It's most befitting that Falkland Road and the Golpitha chauraha are called the Patthe Bapurao Marg. Patthe Bapurao was the doyen of the Tamasha theatre tradition. Besides the 16,000 songs he composed, there is the legend about how he, then a novice, ...


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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 05:22:30 -0700

The nascent metropolis became not just a home but also a subject, reflected in productions such as the lavani titled Mumbai Nagarai Badi Banka (A Very Interesting City Called Mumbai) by Patthe Bapurao and Annabhau Sathe's lavani Mazi Mumbai Arthat ...


Mon, 10 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0800

Meanwhile, waterlogging was reported from catchment areas in Maulana Azad Road, Keshav Rao Khade Marg, Dadasaheb Bhadkamkar Marg, Anandrao Nair Marg, Patthe Bapurao Marg and Sane Guruji Road. Lovegrove pumping station was ...
Pune Mirror
Sat, 21 Jun 2014 14:11:15 -0700

Only on my way out did I realise what I had walked down was called Patthe Bapurao Marg. That was when it finally clicked. I'd been walking on Falkland Road. From dates.sites, (a must-have compendium for film nerds and Bombay fans, published by the ...
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 08:31:38 -0700

Remember, he had disparagingly refused to take a donation from actor Dilip Kumar as he believed that cine-artists lacked in character, and earlier (1927) from the Marathi tamasha legend Patthe Bapurao because he earned money by employing Mahar ...
Daily News & Analysis
Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:03:11 -0800

He translated Sant Dnyaneshwar's text Amrutanubhav into English, Sant Tukaram's abhangs into English in his popular book Says Tuka, Namdeo Dhasal's poems, and even Patthe Bapurao's famous Marathi lavni. Chitre is perhaps the only person to have got ...
Fri, 15 Jan 2010 09:03:45 -0800

Ballad poets, or shahirs, such as Honaji Bala, Parshuram and Patthe Bapurao, composed some of the most versatile Lavnis, replete with everyday humour and wit. The peak period for Lavni ended with the fall of the Peshwas in the early 19th century.

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