During the old days, taking a photograph was an event. People got dressed up and went to the studio. I can imagine how excited these lovely ladies must have been when they decked up in their finery and trooped to the studio.
This photo was probably clicked before 1927, because 1927 was the year when Indira Jatar got married.
From Left to Right: Kumud Jatar, Chani Jatar, Indira Jatar and Sarojini (Banutai [seated]).
The ladies on either side of them are Kumud Jatar and Indira Jatar. Kumud Jatar was the daughter of Ranganath Jatar (Balasaheb), the son of Shriram Jatar who passed away very early when Kumud was a child. Later, Kumud married Shankarao Borgaonkar of Hyderabad. Indira Jatar was the daughter of Bhausaheb, and married Shri Bhalchandra Balkrishna Bhajekar. Thus, Kumud and Indira were the first cousins of Chandrabhaga and Sarojini.
I cannot help but wonder what these sisters and cousins talked about. They led stable and secure lives and had loving families so their hopes and dreams came true. Except for Chani, ofcourse.
The following write-up was contributed by Padmakar Jatar (known as Papa in the Jatar family) who is now living a happy retired life in Las Vegas. Papa Jatar is the son of Dr Shantaram Jatar (known as Babukaka) and Malti Phadnis and the grand-son of Kashinath Shriram Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar, (link to the family tree of Shriram. ) They had four sons, Bhalachandra (Chandu), Madhukar (Mickey), Padmakar (Papa) and Dinkar (Kumar).
Here is what Papakaka writes:
I am extremely proud of my family heritage and to belong to the Jatar family, a family of achievers. How many families do you know that in a close circle have got so many awards: Knighthood, Ashok Chakra, Maha Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra, and 3 Vayu Sena medals? Bhayya received a Vayu Sena medal and so did Mickey (in addition to a Vir Chakra) & Kumar got a Vayu Sena medal too.
The photograph below is of the four Jatar brothers in their youth, the four sons of Babukaka – Dr Shantaram Jatar. From Left to Right: Dinkar (Kumar), Madhukar (Micky), Padmakar (Papa) and Bhalachandra (Chandu).
I am very proud of the achievements my father who got 5 degrees including that of the Royal College of Surgeons (UK). My 2 brothers, IAF fighter pilots, were extraordinary – mentally tough like other Jatars: Bhausaheb, Baba, Bhayya, Anna Kaka, Sudhir … the list goes on. And I must mention that my brother Chandu is a very good engineer.
As for me, I left India way back in 1964 and headed to London. It was a struggle because architecture is very sensitive to the economy. I did some sports in the United Kingdom: Badminton for instance. The highlight was that I completed the Glider Flying Course and earned A & B certificates. Then I left for Canada but I didn’t like it there too much.
After about 1-1/2 years, I moved to the USA. I had to start more or less at the bottom of the ladder because they don’t recognize Indian qualifications. After a few years, I passed my licensing exam, which is considered as tough as P.E. and finally I could call myself an Architect.
My work experience has been in Medical projects (35-40 yrs.): Medical planning & preparing construction documents for contractors to build from. I have had all-round experience. I started with manual drafting & later switched to computer drafting/ design. My ambition was to be an all-rounder in work & sports & I succeeded to some extent.
I was married to Rosella from 1991 to 1998, until her death.
Diwakar Vasudev Jatar, known as Madhav in the Jatar family, was a talented theatre actor. His daughter Mrudula has provided photos from the various Marathi plays that he acted in. See them here in a slideshow:
This is a photograph of Brig. Raghunath Jatar and his elder sister Saral Thakkar (88 years old). Usually, she lives in the U.S and in Australia with her two daughters, Padmini and Ashwini. She is presently in India, staying with her younger brother until she is well enough to travel abroad.
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.
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.
This is a photograph of six powerful women of the Jatar family — Anjali Jatar, the wife of Balkrishna Jatar, who was the son of Abasaheb, and grandson of Shriram Jatar. He was popularly known as Bal Kaka. The other power women are Anjali and Balkrishna’s three daughters and two grand-daughters. As you can see from their glowing, confident faces, these are women who have made a difference to the lives of the people around them!