Pramila Desai’s family

Pramila Desai is the great-grand-daughter of Shriram Jatar and granddaughter of Balasaheb Jatar, the son of Shriram Jatar who passed away early, from T.B., leaving behind his daughter Kumud Borgankar (nee Jatar) and widow Ramabai Jatar. Pramila is one of Kumud’s four daughters and presently lives in the USA.

The following write-up and photos have been contributed by Ranjan Desai, Pramila Desai’s son.

Pramila Desai nee Borgaonkar is the oldest daughter of Shankar Rao Borgaonkar and Kumudini Borgaonkar (nee Jatar) and the grand-daughter of Bala Saheb Jatar and Ramabai Jatar nee Khandekar (also called fondly as Dudhai).

Pramila married Kishen Rao Desai and has four children – Revathi, Swaroopa (Rupa), Sunita (Ruma), Ranjan, and 7 grandchildren (Arjun, Achyut, Deepali, Amrita, Nisha, Rina and Aditi) and 4 great-grandchildren (Shaila, Naveen, Anishka and Anvitha). Her 90th birthday was recently celebrated in California, USA.

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Pramila Desai’s four children. From Left to Right: Revathi, Sunita (Ruma), Pramila (Sitting), Ranjan and Swarupa (Rupa)

 

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From L to R Sitting: Deepali Abhayankar, Asha Ghate, Pramila Desai, Aditi Desai, Rina Dhawlikar

 

Pramila Desai’s other siblings are her brother Digamber (Bal) Borgaonkar and sisters Achala Rao (Deceased), Saral Dudhbhate (Deceased) and Asha Ghate.

The erstwhile Hyderabad was ruled by the Nizam which was an independent state. Nizam ruled Hyderabad and served as the client king even under British rule. Her father Shankar Rao after completing his studies as Barrister-At-Law in London choose to return back to India and settle down in Hyderabad.

Pramila was brought up in Hyderabad at the Borgaonkar ancestral home. She was encouraged by her parents to study and served as a role model to all her siblings. She graduated with honours and finished her Bachelors in Arts (B.A.) from the famous Nizam College (which still exists in Hyderabad). In the olden days in Hyderabad when very few girls used to study, all her siblings also graduated in different fields of study.

Pramila often spent time with her Jatar cousins in her childhood days and has very fond memories.

She used to ride her bicycle to go around when she was very young in the erstwhile Hyderabad where very few girls ventured out alone. She grew up to be a bold, strong and independent woman. She was very active in sports, learned swimming in the swimming pond at home and played tennis. She even represented the district level tennis tournament from Sangareddy district. She was interested in acting and took part in a stage show.

Both Pramila who stayed at home to take care of her children, and her husband Kishen Rao Desai, worked hard to make sure that their four children got a good education. They both valued the importance of education and hard work to do well in life and that proved correct for their children. Unfortunately, Kishen Rao Desai passed away while he was in the mid-’50s due to a brief illness caused by Hepatitis B virus which was not diagnosed properly in time to cure it. Moreover, the vaccine for that Hepatitis B virus came a couple of years later. Undaunted, Pramila continued to encourage her younger children to complete and finish their graduation.

After moving to the USA, the India Community Center (ICC) in the Bay Area, California has become “a home away from home” for her. With a handful of enthusiastic volunteers, the ICC was started around the 1990s. Since the last 2-3 decades, Pramila has actively participated and conducted many programs at ICC. She helped start many programs at ICC which still continue to date. One such program was called “Chajju Ka Chaubara” at ICC and she managed that program for a couple of years where all the seniors would talk about their experiences, tell stories or read the poems. She actively participated in a program called FOSWL (Friends Of Same Wave Length) which now has chapters all over the world. Look out for a chapter in your city !! They invite a well-known good speaker to talk on a topic which is attended by many enthusiastic audiences. She helped many members in learning to stitch sweaters and comforters in the arts and crafts program @ ICC.

Pramila’s 90th birthday was celebrated in the United States in 2018. The photo below is of the celebration at home.

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Standing row: Rama Kulkarni (great-granddaughter of Bhausaheb) Rupa Abhayankar, Ranjan Desai, Revathi, Aditi (Ranjan’s daughter), Ruma, Tina (Uday’s daughter), Gautam (Deepali’s husband), Saraswati (Revathi’s schoolmate), Sripad (Ruma’s husband), Deepali, Tirumala (Saraswati’s daughter).
Sitting row: David (HabibKhans student), Habib Khan, Pramila Desai and Asha Ghate (moushi)

Another celebration took place at the ICC.

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360DegViewOfICC.( 90th Birthday Celebration at ICC

 

Presently Pramila actively attends ICC twice a week while keeping herself busy the rest of the days by reading books, doing exercises – yoga, walking and watching TV.

Additional input contributed by Pramila’s daughter, Sunita (Ruma):

What a grand age to achieve! That itself is an achievement in itself. We are hoping to celebrate it every year from now on and reach a century. She has always been very sophisticated and distinguished.
The celebration began with Puja in the house. Mummy recites and does many aartis.
The next was a celebration in her center where she goes 2-3 times a week over the last 20 years. Special music program and lunch was arranged. Many of her friends felicitated her with shawls and gifts.
She and her friends felt very, very young when the evergreen song of “zohrajabeen” was sung. She thanked everyone and joined in singing her favorite song. It was very well arranged by center and Ranjan.
Over the weekend the celebration continued in the clubhouse for friends and family. Overall our mother was very happy, elated and in good spirits and is calling up everyone to thank everyone individually

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Kaushal Inamdar singing

This is a video of Kaushal Inamdar singing at the Fairfield Marriott in Belgaon, at the Sangeet ceremony of his first cousin’s daughter, Nitya Gudi, who married Aditya Bhat.

Besides being a brilliant music composer, Kaushal is also a poet, singer and author and has made his mark in both Hindi and Marathi movies.

(Video by Nita Jatar Kulkarni)

Nitya Gudi and Aditya Bhat wedding

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photo by Ravi Jatar at the reception

Nitya, the daughter of Prasad and Nandini Gudi and the grand-daughter of Sulabha Gudi (nee Inamdar) married Aditya in a lavish ceremony at Belgaon’s Fairfield Marriott. Nitya has a brother, Amogh, who lives in the US.

 

A Sangeet programme took place on the 25th of June 2019. The wedding was on the next day, the 26th of June, 2019. The reception was on the 29th of June at the Sheraton in Pune.

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(Photo by NJ Kulkarni at Belgaon)

Sulabha Gudi (the grandmother of Nitya, and the mother of Prasad Gudi) is the daughter of Sarojini Inamdar nee Jatar (Banutai). Banutai was the daughter of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), the eldest son of Shriram Jatar.

Sulabha Gudi has the Jatar bloodline from both her parents. Her mother, Sarojini Jatar, (Banutai) married her cousin, an Inamdar. Shriram Jatar’s daughter,  Godutai (Bapurao’s sister) who was married to Laxman Inamdar (popularly known as Babasaheb) had a son called Narsinha who married Banutai.

This is Godutai’s family tree, prepared by Vinita Chitale.

 

MK Mangalmurti’s 80th birthday celebration

Madhav Mangalmurti (known to family and friends as Bhaiyya) celebrated his 80th birthday at PYC club in Pune with family and friends on the 24th of November 2018. He became a part of the clan when he married Anjani. She is the grand-daughter of Abasaheb, and the daughter of Vimal Paranjpye nee Jatar. Abasaheb (Vishnu Shriram Jatar) was the son of Shriram Jatar.

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Photograph by Nita Jatar Kulkarni

From left to right standing: Madhuri Bhuptakar, Madhav Mangalmurti, Neelima Raddi, Mohini Kirtane, Anjani Mangalmurti, Neelima Bhupatkar, Lata Chinchankar, Vaishali Inamdar, Lalkari Inamdar and Maneesha Jatar. Sitting: Sarala Jatar.

Madhav Keshav Mangalmurti was born on the 4th of May 1938. He completed his MSc in Mathematics in 1958 and joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1961 and had a very successful career. He was posted in Indian missions abroad in several countries and was Ambassador to Cuba, Switzerland and was High Commissioner to South Africa. He retired in 1996.

Madhav Mangalmurti’s father was Justice K T Mangalmurti who had worked with Bapurao Jatar (the eldest son of Shriram Jatar and the elder brother of Abasaheb) in Amrawati. They knew each other well. Here is a link to Shriram Jatar’s family tree.

Birthday Speeches

On 21st January 2018, five cousins celebrated their august years, and their loved ones made speeches. The five cousins are the descendants of four Jatar brothers (Kashinath (Bapurao), Rangnath (Balasaheb), Nilkanth (Bhausaheb), and Vishnu (Abasaheb).  The birthday people are Bal Borgaonkar (descendant of Balasaheb), Chandu Jatar (descendant of Bapurao), Brig. R.V. Jatar (descendant of Abasaheb), Maj. Gen. S.C.N. Jatar and his elder sister, 90 year old Dr. Usha Thakar (descendants of Bhausaheb).

Here are a series of videos (all made by Niharika Jatar) which show the loved ones talking about their elders. The first one despicts Ranjit Jatar, the son of Brig. R.V. Jatar, Ravi (Nilkanth) Jatar, the son of Maj. Gen. S.C.N Jatar, and Kumud Dudhbhate, the wife of Uday Dudhbhate, the nephew of Bal Borgaonkar. Continue reading “Birthday Speeches”

Uma Jatar playing the violin with the Bombay Sapper Jazz Band

On the 21st of January 2018, five cousins celebrated their 85th and 90th years –  the descendants of four Jatar brothers, the sons of Shriram Jatar – Kashinath (Bapurao), Rangnath (Balasaheb), Nilkanth (Bhausaheb) and Vishnu (Abasaheb).

On this day the Bombay Sapper Jazz Band was playing at RSI Khadki. Uma Jatar, wife of Yashodhan Jatar, the grand-daughter-in-law of Abasaheb, and the daughter-in-law of Prabhakar Jatar, played the violin. Here are two videos of her playing. Both taken by Yashodhan Jatar. Continue reading “Uma Jatar playing the violin with the Bombay Sapper Jazz Band”

85th and 90th Birthday Party of 5 cousins

On the 21st of January the descendants of four Jatar brothers (Kashinath (Bapurao), Rangnath (Balasaheb), Nilkanth (Bhausaheb), and Vishnu (Abasaheb) came together to celebrate their birthday.

The birthday people are Bal Borgaonkar (descendant of Balasaheb), Chandu Jatar (descendant of Bapurao), Brig. R.V. Jatar (descendant of Abasaheb), Maj. Gen. S.C.N. Jatar and his elder sister, Dr. Usha Thakar (descendants of Bhausaheb) who is 90 years old.

Here is a slideshow (photos by Ranjit Jatar) of the birthday boys eating cake. Continue reading “85th and 90th Birthday Party of 5 cousins”