A commemorative postage stamp on the Birth Anniversary of Annabhau Sathe, a social reformer, folk poet and writer from Maharashtra :
Issued by India
Issued on Aug 1, 2002
Issued for : The Department of Posts is happy to release a postage stamp in honour of Anna Bhau Sathe.
Stamp & FDC : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : One Colour
Denomination : 400 Paise
Overall size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Printing Size : 2.90 x 3.91 cms.
Perforation : 13.5 x 13.5 with elliptical hole on each 3.91 mm sides
Paper : Matt Chromo
Stamps Printed : 0.4 million
Number per issue sheet : 40
Printing Process : Photo Offset
Printer : Calcutta Security Printers Ltd.
Name : Tukaram Bhaurao Sathe
Born on Aug 1, 1920 at Wategaon, Maharashtra, India
Died on Jul 18, 1969 at Mumbai, India
- Anna Bhau Sathe (1920-1969) was one of the foremost creative writers of Marathi literature. He was also a progressive thinker and active revolutionary who strove relentlessly for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of the society.
- Born in a poor family in the interior village of Wategaon in Maharashtra, he could not pursue basic education in the early years. Anna was 14 or 15 years of age when he came to Mumbai along with his father in search of better opportunities of life. He had to take up menial jobs like hotel boy, porter, boot polish boy, door keeper and quarry worker to eke out a living, but never allowed the hardship to dampen his spirit. He also worked as a tamasha (folk stage) artist. All these varied experiences enriched his life.
- During his days as a textile mill worker in Morbaug, he was drawn towards the protective and egalitarian values of the leftist ideology. He became a proponent of Communism and adopted theatre and other creative arts to promote his political ideas. The creative forces in him bloomed through these campaigns. His output was prodigious. Starting with ballads, he branched off to novels, short-stories, songs, drama, folk-plays and travelogue, winning the admiration of the critics as well as casual readers. Anna rejuvenated the traditional art form of tamasha by adding depth and meaning to it, and transformed it to Loknatya. Some of his novels like Chitra, Warneccha Wagh and Fakeera have been translated into foreign languages like Russian, German and Polish as well as Indian languages like Hindi, Kannada, Gujarati and Punjabi. Themes like patriotism, love, adventure, women’s issues and problems of rural India expounded in his works were immensely appealing to the readers. Many of Anna‘s works of fiction were later adapted for feature films.
- He became an ideologue, a voice for the voiceless. He supported and participated in many progressive movements for wresting justice for the poverty-stricken masses.
- Text : Based on material furnished by the sponsors.