Ancient Origins of the Jatars

After doing genetic testing it has been revealed that Jatars and their descendants can trace back their roots to a European. This original ancestor was white and this is so for all the descendants belonging to the R-M198 haplogroup. This haplogroup originated in Central Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Eastern and Northern Europe. The parent haplogroup is R-M198 and the age of this haplogroup is 10,000 years.

(More technical information: The more precise predicted Haplogroup is R-M512. Haplogroup R originated in Central Asia. Most descendants belong to one of two major lineages. They are present at low frequencies across Central Asia, South Asia, and Europe.)

3000 years ago our ancestors were from the Kurgan culture. These people are believed to be the first speakers of the Indo-European language group. Descendants of these people (example, the Jatars) are found in Slavic populations (native to Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, Northeastern Europe, North Asia and Central Asia) in Europe, India, and Central and Western Asia.

This is the migratory map of the haplogroups taken from familytreedna.com (Please go to this link if you want to test your DNA):

The Jatars are an offshoot of the R1a haplogroup which is basically East European or Central Asian in origin.

Sure, if we go back far enough we are all from Africa, but the Jatars are the offspring of those who went northwards, settled in Central Asia or Eastern Europe or thereabouts and then travelled down into India a few thousand years ago.

The presence of this particular haplogroup (R1a)  is found more commonly in the YDNA (passed on through the male line) of Indians, and therefore it is believed that these people did not enter India as a migratory group but were invaders. They have a mention in the Rig Veda which was written thousands of years ago and are called “Aryans” if you believe that theory. There is no evidence of these people being in India beyond the last few thousand years and possibly have been present in India only for about 1000 years.

If we go beyond that, it is clear is that they lived on the Indo-Gangetic plains about 15,000 years ago, and were Indo-Scynthians. A significant number of people from the western side of the Indian sub-continent, ie Sindhis, Gujaratis and Punjabis also share this haplogroup (R1a). This haplogroup is more common amongst the Brahmins of India, even found to some extent amongst South Indian Brahmins, but it is not found in Deshastha Brahmins who were here long before them.

Tribute to Our Ma – Dr Sheila Bhagvat

November, 2020

By Alka Pimputkar

On May 17, 2011, our beloved mother, Ma, passed. While it has been nine years since her passing, and it seems as if it were yesterday as the sorrow remains close to all our hearts.  She would have been 95 years old. One would wonder why so late in writing a tribute now, but its never too late to write about someone who sits in your heart forever.

Dr Sheila Bhagvat in the 1980s

Dr. Sheila Bhagvat, daughter of Lt. Col. Nilkanth (Bhausaheb) Jatar and Mrs Vimla (Jiji) Jatar, made a profound impact on every life she touched. She was born in Nagpur and spent most of her teen years in Nagpur. Sheila was a teenager when her mother, Jiji, passed away. Jiji’s wish for Sheila was for her to become a doctor.

Sheila finished two years at Fergusson college in Pune. She then went to Nagpur to spend her vacation while contemplating whether she should apply for medical school. But there was a small problem. Her father Bhausaheb was on the selection committee and she did not have the heart to tell him to step down. So, she confided in her elder brother, Baba, who came to her rescue and talked to Bhausaheb. He gladly stepped down so Sheila could apply for medical school. She graduated from G S Medical College of Bombay in 1947.

She met our father Dr Prabhakar Bhagvat in medical school. As the story goes, he spotted her playing tennis and then through a mutual family friend, Bhausaheb was approached, and the rest is history. My father loved and respected her and this set an example for many of that generation. Sheila, a successful OBGYN, wore multiple hats in her career and in her personal life.  While she conducted her successful medical and surgical practice, her hospitality for guests and relatives was exemplary. She was very well respected amongst family and friends.

She was an achiever in her career, yet a very humble and genuine person. She was soft spoken and stayed calm, yet firm, when needed. Her patients used to call her Devi. She had a flourishing practice in Thane.

Ma was a voracious reader and her love for poetry was second to none. Her favorite was Geetanjali by Rabindranath Tagore. She had a collection of spiritual and philosophical books. She studied Bhagwat Geeta and learned several chapters by heart, her favorite being Adhay/Chapter 16. She found solace in Dyaneshwari. She knew various aspects of the Bible as well as many Shlokas from Sanskrit. She loved the practice of yoga and she especially liked different types of breathing techniques. She knew as a doctor the importance of deep breathing for our health.

In her golden years, she learned how to use a computer, opened an email account and was on Facebook sending friend requests. This shows her determination and courage to face any change that came her way.

Sheila had three children: Alka (married to Ravi Pimputkar), Medha (married to Dr Vinay Dhavale) and Dr Milind (married to Smieta Dixit). By then she was called Ma, and she became Ma to so many.

She has five grandchildren, Dr. Gouri Pimputkar, Samir Pimputkar, Aditya Dhavale, Pathik Bhagvat, Minnat Bhagvat and seven great grandchildren. She was a mentor to her granddaughter, Dr. Gouri Pimputkar, who is now following in her grandmother’s footsteps as OBGYN.

All of us were blessed to have such a wonderful, loving and determined mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, in our lives. We miss her so much and will always have everlasting memories of her.

“………….and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils.” William Wordsworth

                                                                                                                       

Dattatrya Jayant Jatar and his family

By Hirkani Padhye.

Jayant Jatar (1932-2018) was the fourth child of Vasudeo (Appasaheb) Jatar. Appasaheb was the son of Bapurao and the grandson of Shriram Jatar. Jayant was one of six children, with the eldest sibling being Nalini Joshi. She was followed by Vinayak (Sharad), Sudha Dhawle, Jayant, Diwakar (Madhav), and the youngest is Urmila Belur. They all grew up in the Shriram Wada in Narayan Peth in Pune.

The Jatar family also farmed on nearby lands. Most of the vegetables were sold directly from the farm and whatever was not sold was then brought back to the wada.

Here is a photograph of Jayant with siblings and nephews and nieces.

Sitting Bottom row L-R-Urmila Belur, Madhav Jatar, Vidya Chand, Vijay Joshi, Mohini Kirtane. Middle row L-R Nirmala Jatar, Radhabai Jatar, Appasaheb, Nalini Joshi , Sudha.
Standing L-R Tatyasaheb Joshi, Sharad Jatar , Mickey Jatar, Chandu Jatar and Jayant Jatar

The grandchildren claimed responsibility over the leftover share and set up their own vegetable stall in front of the wada and sold the remaining produce to those passers-by. During the summers, the Jatar grandchildren also loved performing plays for the rest of the family, which all the elders enjoyed.

Jayant was one of Bapurao’s favorite grandchildren. All the Jatar grandchildren spent their summers at the Jatar Wada creating fun and lifelong memories.

One of Jayant’s fondest memories was when Bapurao would carry a sleeping Jayant to bed. Jayant would be jostled awake when Bapurao lifted him up. As the other grandchildren followed Bapurao as he carried Jayant, Jayant would open his eyes and tease his cousins for having to walk up all those stairs by themselves.

Jayant attend Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya, along with his close friend Jayant Pundale, who lived across the street. They were passionate about physical fitness and attend the local vyayamshala. They enjoyed swimming, which they also excelled at. Being a thrill seeker, our Jayant even dove into the greatly flooded Mula-Mutha River, which many of the elders from the Jatar Wada witnessed first-hand.

Upon completing his matriculation, he started a job at a paper mill in Khopoli. Due to health reasons, he decided to move to Mumbai with his elder brother, where he decided to further his studies in catering at the newly opened Catering College in Dadar. During his time at the Catering College, he developed a life-long friend with another Jayant, Jayant Yande.

When he graduated, Jayant then joined the catering department at Air India in 1956. In 1959, he married Sheela Pandit and moved to Vile Parle in 1962.

Jayant and Sheela marriage photo – May16th 1959

Also in 1962, Jayant received his first overseas posting in Melbourne, Australia. In Australia, he received news that Sheela had delivered their first baby girl, Hirkani.

In his 30 plus year career with Air India, he received multiple posting across the world, where he accompanied many dignitaries like President & Vice President of India, Honorable J.R.D Tata to name a few. His last posting was in Rome, Italy, which lasted for 3 and a half years. During his posting, he welcomed many family and friends to visit in Rome.

Jayanta during his posting in Rome shaking hands with Pope John Paul

Jayant was very proud of his family roots and this article cannot be complete without mentioning his greatest influence as he was growing up – that of his grandfather, Bapurao. He was always intrigued by Bapurao’s towering personality. Bapurao was an exceptional individual with outstanding intelligence in our country’s pre-independence era. It was not an easy task for a person of Indian heritage to rise to the ranks of “District Commissioner” and Bapurao was not an exception but with his undeniable talent the British government had to promote him to well deserved position, “Commissioner of Akola District”. During his term, he was recognized for his outstanding ability to govern which resulted in an area named “Jatar Peth” after him. Bapurao had travelled extensively and was a visionary with a very progressive mindset. After retiring from the job, Bapurao moved to Pune. He was very well compensated with a pension of Rs. 500 per month, which was considered to be a great deal of money at that time.

His exposure to the western world was impactful and he decided to venture in to the areas no other Brahmin families had ever ventured into. He decided to pursue poultry farming as well as developing a tobacco plantation on a commercial scale. Although the plantation didn’t reach the success that he had envisioned, his courage to explore a new venture was commendable. His progressive mindset made him run a social program to abolish the stigma against young widows by giving them a chance to remarry and be contributing members of society. He was a progressive thinker and must have believed that women were equally capable and that must be the reason for him always consulting his wife prior to taking any major decisions. Jayant must have inherited that quality from him and that’s why he was so supportive of the idea that his wife Sheela get back to college and pursue her dream of getting her Ph.D.

His father, Shriram Bhikaji Jatar, had left the sprawling “Shriram Wada” to all his sons. However, Bapurao purchased the Jatar wada from his brothers in 1927 for ₹20,000/- which was an enormous sum at that time. This property was sold in 1951, after Bapurao’s death.

After his death, Jayant went through the extensive collection of Bapurao’s writings such as letters, diaries and other artifacts.

A book case from Jatar wada – Made from carved Rose wood – it’s original doors were carved too but over the various moves had to be Replaced with glass doors

After retirement, Jayant started going for morning walks to maintain his health and wellness. One day, he noticed the Laughter Club happening at the nearby playground. It piqued his interest since many participants of the club were in his age group. He decided then and there to join the club. He looked forward to attending the Laughter Club every morning. Jayant also noticed an overall improvement in his health which he attributed to the Laughter Club. When the person leading the Club could not continue for personal reasons, Jayant volunteered to lead the group, in fact the other participants demanded that he become the leader of the club. His dedication and passion to the club was evident, especially since he took initiative to educate all members of the health benefits, arrange holiday functions, one day trips and yearly seminars which occurred across Maharashtra. Jayant was so beloved by all members of the Laughter Club that members came to visit him and offer respects every year on Guru Poornima.

Jayant and Sheela’s second daughter, Sanhita was born in 1963. Following her birth, Jayant was received new postings in Delhi and Calcutta. where the family stayed for a few years. They returned to Mumbai when Hirkani and Sanhita were ready to begin school. After a few years, Jayant transferred from the “Catering Department” to the “Commercial Department”. 

L-R Hirkani Jayanta Sheela Sanhita

As the saying goes, “Behind every successful man there is a successful woman”. This saying was especially true in Jayant’s family’s household. Jayant stood behind his wife and daughters as a pillar of strength, as Sheela pursued her PhD, Hirkani completed her Occupational Therapy program and Sanhita completed Medical School. He took charge of the house and the housework. With his background in catering and his mom and three sisters being expert cooks, he taught his daughters the art of cutting vegetables, cooking and garnishing. 

Jayant’s oldest daughter, Hirkani and her husband Avinash Padhye, an electrical engineer by profession, live in Braintree, Massachusetts, a suburb outside of Boston. Hirkani practices Occupational Therapy in Massachusetts – specializing in the geriatric population. Their daughter Ira is currently in Richmond, Virginia, and is working as special education consultant for the Virginia Deaf-Blind Project and also completing her PhD in Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Here are some more family photos:

L-R Sanhita’s son Priyank Jayant ,Sheela and Hirkani’s daughter Ira

Jayant’s youngest daughter, Sanhita, a general physician, married Avanish Rajan, who is also a physician and a renowned photographer. Their eldest son, Priyank is completing his MD in pediatrics and is married to Vishesha, an OB/GYN. Sanhita’s has twin daughters, Rhuta and Divita. Rhuta has a degree in Hospital Management and assists her parents in the Nursing Home in Mumbai. Divita is currently pursing her MBA at Symbiosis in Pune.

Avinash,, Ira and Hirkani
L-R Sanhita’s DIL Vishesha Son Priyank and daughter Ruta
L-R- Divita ,Ruta , Priyank Sanhita and Avanish

The Jatar Club at Durg

In the Jatar family, Bapurao stands tall, taller than everyone else. He was the backbone of the Jatar family, looking after and mentoring all family members. He was also a social reformer and educationist. He was the son of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar.

Kashinath Shriram Jatar (Bapurao)

This post is about a Club that he started in Durg (presently in Chhattisgarh State) called the “Jatar Club” which has been mentioned in this post as well, written by Chandu Jatar. The Club was inaugurated in January 1926.

These are some photos of the club, sent by Jairaj Jatar, Chandukaka’s son:

This club was started by Bapurao at a time when Indians were not allowed by the Britishers to use their clubs. Till today this club serves the community and boasts of a good pool.

This next photograph is of the foundation stone and this photo was provided by a gentleman named Parivesh Mishra who has written an article on the Jatar Club. He took a few points from our articles (on this website) on Bapurao and then he reached out to me with the link to his article and also provided the following photograph.

Excerpts from Parivesh Mishra’s write-up (the articles in Hindi has been appended at the end of this post)

If you are proud, your spine is strong, you don’t compromise with the principles, you will be remembered in history for some reason…both started a club in a small house…laid the foundation stone…the date was 4 January 1926. And since then the Jatar Club has been establishes as the district officers club. Khairagarh’s king donated a billiards table…swimming pool was made…the head of the club is the district collector…

There was not much information on Khan Bahadur HM Wilayatullah although there is information on his son, HM Hidayatullah, who was the sixth Vice President of India (1979-1984) and 11th Chief Justice (1968-70). Regarding HM Wilayatullah (who inaugurated the Jatar club along-with Bapurao) his son’s wiki page mentions that he was a renowned Urdu poet a gold medallist of the Aligarh Muslim University.

According to the wiki:

He served till 1928 in ICS and from 1929 to 1933 as member of Central Legislative Assembly. 

He must have been a colleague of Bapurao’s.

(By Nita J Kulkarni)

Here are the images of the articles written in Hindi by Parivesh Mishra who has written these for local publications:

Lessons from my father

Nilkanth (Ravi) Jatar has penned these thoughts about his father, Maj Gen. SCN Jatar (Sudhir). Sudhir is the grandson of Shriram Jatar.

Ravi writes about the lessons he has learnt from his father. In summary he talks of five lessons, each of which he has illustrated with actual examples:

  1. Focus
  2. Hard Work
  3. Planning
  4. Integrity
  5. Courage
Father and Son

You can read the detailed document here:

I want to add two more points (as Sudhir’s daughter). The two values of “Service” and “Loyalty” are very much a part of his personality. I will be elaborating on this a little later.

An Army wife’s Night to Remember

This is an article written by Nilakshi Jatar née Bal* and published in the December 1996 edition of the Indian Express. It is about one of her personal war-time experiences.

We hear so much of what the soldiers go through that we often forget what the women and the family go through when their men are at war. They face it as bravely as any soldier would, even when they have little ones to protect.

Nilakshi's Article - 1971 War Citizen 10.12.1996

K. S. Sudarshan’s letter to my father

When KS Sudarshan (Kuppahalli Sitaramayya Sudarshan (1931-2012), took over the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh), he reached out to people and invited discourse. He wanted to interact with the public, he said, and explain the RSS idealogy. That was why my father, Sudhir Jatar, wrote to him with several questions. This was 20 years ago.

The questions were short but the answers were long and detailed. And no, my father had never met KS Sudarshan before. He was a complete stranger to him.

My father wrote to him in the year 2000, before he started using email, and it was a handwritten letter. KS Sudarshan’s reply was a 5-page missive, and he dated it as “17.11.2000 A.D.” – rather quirkily. Today, A.D has been replaced by CE (Common Era).

Here is the historic letter, the pdf file of which is here.

 

What impressed me was how this gentleman wrote a letter in such clear, legible writing and also in such neat, straight lines. And then he wrote page after page with hardly any need to cross out and re-write. Being a writer myself, I know hard this is. One’s thoughts need be remarkably organised. These days we use email or Word, and this makes it easy to re-write. We re-write so often, we don’t realise the number of mistakes we have made or how often we have re-written.

How meticulous KS Sudarshan must have been, his thoughts so neatly arranged that they flowed out smoothly on paper without error.

Regarding the content, he has made some good points, although can’t say I agree with everything. Would love to know your views on his views.

Saral Thakkar née Jatar

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Saral Thakkar

Saral Thakkar (née Suhasini Jatar) is the daughter of Abasaheb Jatar, and the granddaughter of Shriram Jatar.

The following information has been sent by Padmini Taskar née Thakkar, Saral Thakkar’s daughter:

Saral Thakkar is the older sister of Brig Raghunath Jatar. She was married to Vasant Thakkar and had a long rewarding career with the State Trading Corporation, STC Mumbai for 31 years, retiring as Marketing Manager.

She has two daughters. Ashwini is older and married to Mukund Deshpande. Ashwini has one daughter Poulomi, married to Rohit Rajurkar. The Deshpande clan resides in Melbourne, Australia. Ashwini and Mukund are both CAs from India and now CPAs @Australia.

Saral Thakkar’s younger daughter, Padmini Taskar, resides with her daughter, Sanjana Taskar, in Maryland, near Washington DC, USA. Padmini works in an IT & Strategy consulting firm. Sanjana is pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts.

Saral Thakkar is presently staying in Pune with her brother Raghunath Jatar. Prior to that, she spent most of her recent years with her two daughters.

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Saral Thakkar with her daughters Ashwini and Padmini

Family photo from 1935

This is an old photograph taken at the time of Sushilatai Nanal’s (Bapurao’s daughter) wedding sometime in 1935, and that was 85 years ago! It has been surmised that the photograph was taken at Gokhale Hall on Laxmi road, which used to be hired out for weddings in those days.

I think it’s an amazing photograph because it has someone from almost every branch of Shriram Jatar’s family. Me and my father, Sudhir Jatar, sat down to identify these people and it was great fun! I hope you have as much fun as we did when we saw the cute baby faces of those whom we knew only as elderly people.

Each one of the people in this photo has a life story which I hope to be able to put on this website one of these days. I have some, but far too few!

Sushila Nanal's wedding
At the wedding of Sushila Nanal née Jatar

KIDS: 1st Row from the bottom, sitting on the ground, from LtoR: Sharad Jatar, son of Appasaheb and grandson of Bapurao, (with Chandu on his lap); Jairam(Bhaiyya) Jatar (son of Bhausaheb); Yashwant Inamdar (son of Banutai and Annasaheb); Balkrishna Jatar, son of Abasaheb; Usha Thakar née Jatar, daughter of Bhausaheb; Padma Dani née Thakur, Kamalatai Thakur’s daughter and Bapurao’s grand-daughter; Sheila Bhagvat née Jatar, Bhausaheb’s daughter; Saral Thakkar née Jatar, Abasaheb’s daughter; Sudha Dhawale née Jatar, Appasaheb’s daughter; Sadashiv (Balu) Jatar, Bhausaheb’s son, Ashok Bhajekar (Indira Bhajekar’s son; Arvind (Baba) Jatar (Bhausaheb’s son).

2nd Row sitting LtoR: Kamlatai Thakur née Jatar (Bapurao’s daughter) with daughter Malti Kher née Thakur in her lap; Satyabhama Jatar (née Khandekar, Abasaheb’s second wife); Aavdabai Bhupatkar née Jatar (Bapurao’s sister and Shriram Jatar’s daughter); Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao); Bal Borgaonkar; Sushilatai Nanal née Jatar (Bapurao’s daughter); Appasaheb Nanal, Uma Jatar née Bhoptakar (Bapurao’s wife); Vimalabai (Jiji) Jatar née Dixit (Bhausaheb’s second wife); Radha Jatar née Leela Shevde (Appasaheb’s second wife); Malti Jatar née Phadnis (Babukaka’s wife and Bapurao’s daughter-in-law).

3rd Row standing ladies. From LtoR: Sindhu Kher née Thakur (Kamalatai’s eldest); Sindhutai Joshi née Bhupatkar (Aavadabai’s daughter); Leela Talwalkar née Jatar (Bhausaheb’s daughter); Kumudtai Borgaokar née Jatar (Balasaheb Jatar’s daughter); Sarojini (Banutai) Inamdar née Jatar (Bapurao’s daughter); Indira (Indutai) Bhajekar née Jatar (Bhausaheb’s daughter).

Last Row standing men. From LtoR: Krishnarao Thakur; Abasaheb, Bapurao’s younger brother and Shriram Jatar’s son, (holding son Prabhakar); Annakaka, Bapurao’s son; Jairam, Bapurao’s attendant; xx unknown person; Annasaheb Inamdar, Bapurao’s sister Godutai’s son and Shriram Jatar’s grandson; Bhai Thakur, Kamalatai’s son; Bhalchandrao Bhajekar (Indira’s husband and Bhausaheb’s son-in-law); Jagganath Inamdar (Bapurao’s sister Godutai’s son and Shriram Jatar’s grandson); Nilkanth Jatar (Bhausaheb, Shriram Jatar’s son and Bapurao’s younger brother) holding Sudhir; Panditrao Inamdar, Bapurao’s sister Godutai’s son and Shriram Jatar’s grandson); Vasudev Jatar (Appasaheb, Bapurao’s son); Shantaram Jatar (Babukaka, Bapurao’s son), holding his second son, Mickey.

Shri. Narhar Laxman Inamdar (Annasaheb) & Smt. Sarojini (Banutai) Inamdar née Jatar

The following write-up has been contributed by Shrikrishna (Bal) Inamdar. He is the son of Sarojini Inamdar née Jatar (Banutai), who was the daughter of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. He is also the son of Narhar Inamdar (Annasaheb), who was the son of Shriram Jatar’s daughter, Godutai. Godutai married Laxman Inamdar (popularly known as Babasaheb).

By Bal Inamdar

Respected Bapurao Jatar had a liking for his sister’s son Narhar for his academic inclinations. Annasaheb, in turn, adored Bapurao and regarded him as his role model.

Annasaheb had a brilliant academic career. He was M.A. First Class First in Sanskrit. At a young age, he had vowed not to serve the British Empire, but start his own institution for the public good. Bapurao encouraged him and Annasaheb started New High School in Amravati. Dadasaheb Khaparde, an eminent social worker and a big landlord in Amravati, was of immense help.

When I visited Amravati in 2017, after nearly sixty years, I visited the school also. The then Head Master was thrilled to know who I am. We got to talking and the peon brought one old Board on which names of all headmasters from inception were written. I was overwhelmed to see that the first name was of Annasaheb and the year was 1924. It means Annasaheb was only 25 years old then. (Born on 6th July 1899). I used to be excited to read the nameplate on our door, N.L. Inamdar, M.A., B.T., T.D. (London) – almost half the alphabets!

Annasaheb married Bapurao’s daughter Banutai in 1927. Banutai was also good in studies and had a liking for music and literature. She also had a flair for writing. She had later translated the book, ‘Kashmir Princess) in Marathi, which was published in the prestigious “Kirloskar” magazine in parts for over a year. I wish she had completed graduation. Her horizon would have widened.

Annasaheb worked on a meagre salary all his life without Provident Fund, Pension or other retirement benefits. After all, it was his own school!

But the brunt had to be borne by Banutai, as she came from an affluent family. It must be said to her credit that she managed the household very efficiently in the limited sources available. She never let us feel that we were poor (when in fact, we were poor). She maintained our middle-class dignity with poise. She never asked Bapurao or anybody else for financial help. Appasaheb Jatar, her elder brother, and his family was, however, a great emotional support to her.

They had three children: Yeshwant left for England for naval training when he was hardly 20 years old. Sulabha (fondly Tai) was also good at studies and had a keen interest in Music & Dramatics. Banutai encouraged her to obtain a Sangeet Visharad degree. She also participated in plays and other cultural programmes staged at the time of Annual Social gathering in S.P. College, Pune. I remember one play vividly in which Sulabha acted. It was Acharya Atre’s “Bhramaacha Bhopala”.

I had written two lines on each member of the Jatar family with whom I had interacted personally. It was titled Jatar Kul Swabhav Darshan – attributes of Jatar family members. Banutai liked it very much but also scolded me as she felt some comments may sound offensive to some. But then she herself said, ‘No, retain this as it is. I know you have no intentions to offend anyone. On the contrary, you thought of writing about them because you have respect and affection for them’. She was a woman of substance. I still possess that piece which is dated 19th January 1963 i.e., I wasn’t even 18 years old – a juvenile offender, you may say.

Annasaheb was appointed Chairman of the Sanskrit Commission by the Government of India with headquarters at Bhandarkar Research Institute at Pune. He inculcated an interest in the Sanskrit language in me. He was disappointed when I missed the Jagannath Shankarsheth scholarship by just two marks. But I told him that I have scored the second highest and got the Beedkar prize, which may have placated him somewhat.

He had submitted a report to the Govt. of India on why Sanskrit should be made compulsory in schools. He explained how neither the language nor its grammar was not as difficult as it is made out to be. He insisted that it is a language of knowledge (Dnyan Bhaasha) and subhasheets in that language were an invaluable treasure. He believed that it can become the language of the masses, even if not used daily in ordinary conversation.

He was also actively associated with Maharashtra Rashtrabhasha Sabha where Dasukaka Bhupatkar was a member of the managing committee in 1957-58. Annasaheb had great admiration for Dasukaka for his writings in chaste Hindi and his contribution to preparing of school textbooks.

The family house, “Shriram” at 388, Narayan Peth, Pune, was sold to Maharashtra Rashtrabhasha Sabha.

My parents did not leave any property or money for their children. But they gave us an invaluable wealth of good Sanskars, which lasts much longer than any material wealth.

I still cherish them!!!

A family photo of Bapurao’s sister’s (Godutai’s) children and spouses with Banutai (centre). The wives are sitting directly in front of their spouses, except for Chottitai who is sitting in front of her brother Nanasaheb:

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L to R (standing): Sadashiv (Nanasaheb) Inamdar, Purshottam (Panditrao) Inamdar, Narhar (Annasaheb) Inamdar, Vishwanath (Vasantrao) Inamdar, & Jagannathrao Inamdar.
L to R (sitting): Yamuna/Indira (Chhotitai) Talwalkar née Inamdar, Kusum Inamdar née Bhat, Sarojini (Banutai) Inamdar née Jatar, Leela Inamdar née Amberkar, & Prabha Inamdar née Deuskar.

Vidula Ravindra Bhagwat

Vidula Bhagwat née Jatar is the eldest child of Sharad and Nirmala Jatar. Sharad (Vinayak) Jatar was the son of Appasaheb (Vasudev). Appasaheb was the son of Bapurao and the grandson of Shriram Jatar.

मी विदुला रविंद्र भागवत (शरद जटार आणि निर्मला जटार यांची मोठी मुलगी।) ललिता आणि श्रीनिवास माझी धाकटी भावंडं।

माझा जन्म पुण्याचा पण बालपण सायनला गेले।शालेय शिक्षण दादर च्या किंग जॉर्जे मुलींची शाळा।माझी आई ग्वाल्हेर ची असल्याने गाण्याच्या वातावरणात वाढलेली।त्यामुळे मलाही वल्लभ संगीतालय येथे गाणे शिकण्यासाठी पाठवले अभ्यासाची तशीच गायन शाळा रोज असायची।

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माझे पती डॉ रविंद्र यांचे 2017 मध्ये वयाच्या 76 व्या वर्षी दुःखद निधन झाले।

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Vidula with her family

 

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Indu Atya – Reflections of her niece, Madhavi

The following article about Indirabai Bhajekar, Bhausaheb‘s eldest child and Shriram Jatar‘s granddaughter, has been written by Madhavi Jatar, the daughter of Sadashiv (Balu) Jatar, and the granddaughter of Bhausaheb.

इंदू आत्या : एक मुक्त चिंतन

– माधवी दाते (जटार)

इंदू आत्या, माझी सर्वात मोठी आत्या. रुढ अर्थाने ती माझी आत्या होती, पण तसं पाहिलं तर ती माझी आजी होती. तिच्यात आणि माझ्या बाबांच्या वयात २१ वर्षांचे अंतर होते. बाबा आणि सुधीर काका इंदू आत्या कडे राहात होते, तेव्हा तीने केवळ त्यांची ताई न राहाता, आई बनून त्यांच्यावर संस्कार केले. ती केवळ अशोक दादा, नीलू , बाबा, सुधीर काका यांचीच आई नव्हती, तर तिच्या बालवाडीतील असंख्य मुलांची व निवाऱ्यातील व्रृध्दांची ती माऊलीच होती. काय योगायोग आहे बघा, ह्या आदर्श मातेच्या हस्ते १९७७च्या डिसेंबर महिन्यात ग.दि.मांच्या आईचा “माईसाहेब पारखी आदर्श माता” हा पुरस्कार देऊन गौरव करण्यात आला होता.

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