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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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