Sadashiv Vasantrao Gorakshkar

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Sadashiv Vasantrao Gorakshkar
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Born(1933-05-31)31 May 1933
Died13 July 2019(2019-07-13) (aged 86)
Maharashtra, India
Occupationwriter, historian, museologist and art critic
AwardsPadma Shri (2003)

Sadashiv Vasantrao Gorakshkar (31 May 1933[1] – 13 July 2019) was an Indian writer,[2][3][4] art critic, historian, museologist[5] and a director of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, erstwhile Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai. He is credited with the restoration of Lakshmibai Pitre Kalasangrahalaya,[6] a museum in Devrukh, Maharashtra to its present state.[5]


He was born on 31 May 1933[3][4] and brought up in the Indian state of Maharashtra.


Gorakshkar was the author of several books and articles[7] such as:

  • Raj Bhavans in Maharashtra[8]
  • Animal in Indian Art[9]
  • The Maritime Heritage of India[10]
  • Karle Caves of Western India.[11]


Gorakshkar was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with Padma Shri, the fourth highest Indian civilian award.[12]


He died on 13 July 2019 in Maharashtra and last rites were conducted in Vasind.[13]

See also


  1. "Who's who in India". Guide Publications. 15 July 1986 – via Google Books.
  2. "Worldcat Profile". Worldcat. 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Listing on University of Chicago, Library Catalog". University of Chicago. 2015. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ABES Listing". ABES. 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Lakshmibai Pitre Kalasangrahalaya". The Hindu. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  6. "Devrukh Museum". Devrukh Museum. 2015. Archived from the original on 13 February 2015. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  7. Gorakshkar, Sadashiv. "Sculptural Activity of the Gupta Period in Western India - Mirpur Khas, Devnimori, Kanheri The Golden Age: Gupta Art Empire, Province and Influence". Marg. 42 (3): 81–84.
  8. Sadashiv Gorakshkar (2002). Raj Bhavans in Maharashtra. Directorate General of Information & Public Relations. OCLC 243776792.
  9. Sadashiv Gorakshkar (1979). Animal in Indian Art. Prince of Wales Museum of Western India. OCLC 13610263.
  10. Sadashiv Gorakshkar, Kalpana Desai (1989). The Maritime Heritage of India. Western Naval Command. OCLC 22595574.
  11. Sadashiv Gorakshkar (1977). Karle Caves of Western India. Tata Services. OCLC 236137093.
  12. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Padma Awards. 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  13. Sadashiv Gorakshkar, founding father of Mumbai's heritage movement passes away at 86, Times of India, 13 July 2019

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