Background Outline :
Though herself illiterate, Bahinabai’s poetry reached the hearts of the
entire Maharashtra due to simple verse, lucid yet touching language,
honesty of feelings, deep-rooted humanity, and abiding love for
The gifted Bahinabai conceived and sang these verses while performing
household chores – for soothing from weary – grinding / milling, sweeping
/ cleaning or cowdung-slurry sprinkling / smearing on floor – and touched
....... with god. Khandesh Friends Circle established Bahinabai Trust and
declared the award to commemorate her memory – an effort in repaying the
loan of this Khandeshi Poetess.
Jain Charities encourages the artists in various fields of art, music,
literature, culture, etc. Therefore, this trust engaged in social welfare
sponsored the award in honour of Bahinabai – a daughter of farmer from
Selection Process :
• Applications are not invited.
• Collection of poems is made available by publishers, connoisseurs of
• A committee of three members comprising of a trustee and two
respected poets go through the poems.
• Thoughtful, balanced discussions take place in the meeting.
• Two members of the committee are changed very year.
• The names of the members are kept secret.
Nature of Award :
: Rs. 25,000/-
Post 1960's Poetry
Biennial (Since 2001)
Since when : 1991
Programme of Award :
To whom :
Where : Pune
When : December
Original Concept of Award by :
Shri Vasant D. Patil
Selection Criteria for Award :
• Poet/Poetess writing poetry from the 1960’s.
• At least 2-3 collections of poetry.
• At least 1 collection published during the decade under consideration.
• Consistency and creativity in poetry.
• Excellent quality, grade poems.
• Depth in meaning and emotion.
• Social relevance of poetry.
Recipients of Award :
Shri N.D. Mahanor
Shri Dr. Bhalchandra Nemade
Shri Dilip P. Chitre
Shri Namdeo Dhasal
Shri Arun Kolatkar
Shri Chandrakant Patil
Shri Satish Kalsekar
Shri Purushottam Patil
Shri Narain V. Dharmadhikari and
Smt. Prabha Ganorkar