Diwakar Vasudev Jatar

madhav2Diwakar Vasudev Jatar, fondly known as Madhav, was born on the 23rd of June, 1937. He was the fifth child of Appasaheb (Vasudev) and Radhavahini (and the grandson of Bapurao and the great-grandson of Shriram Jatar.)

Madhav did his schooling in Raman Baug High School and his diploma in Engineering from Wadia College. He worked with Richardson and Cruddas, Byculla, from where he took voluntary retirement.

He was a man of many talents and was proficient in music and drama. He tutored under Shri Suresh Haldankar for music. He was a part of Marathi Amateur theatre and won many awards for acting in Rajya Natya Spardha. He did two professional plays: “वीज म्हणाली धरतीला” with actress Faiyaz and Sudha Karmarkar, and “धन्य ते गायनी कळा“ with Ramdas Kamath and Bharati Acharekar.

He was a true family man. He loved to be in the company of extended family and friends. In the photos below he is seen with his wife and three daughters, Vaishali, Mrudula and Nandita.


He was married to Anuradha (Pushpa Purohit) on 27th November 1960. He had three daughters: Vaishali Inamdar, Mrudula Mahabal and Nandita Karthik.

He passed away suddenly on the 5th of October 1996 of liver cancer.

(Write-up contributed by Vaishali Inamdar and photos by Mrudula Mahabal.)

My father Sharad Jatar

My father Sharad (Vinayak) Jatar, the son Appasaheb (Vasudev), the grandson of Bapurao and the great-grandson of Shriram Jatar, expired suddenly at the age of 48 on 20th March 1974, when my younger brother Srinivas Jatar was only 9 years old. It was a terrible shock for our whole family. He was ill only for 10 days so we were really at a loss to know his exact illness. It started with jaundice and later developed to pneumonia to add to the complications.

Baba was a very honest and upright officer in Air India and my mother Nirmala Jatar bore the tragedy with exemplary courage as a result of which we could also bear the shock and carry on our work in peace.

This is the obituary from Air India’ s magazine, “The Magic Carpet” after Baba’s sudden death.

sharad jatar obituary

As the above Obituary states, Vinayak Jatar was a smart and conscientious employee missed by his colleagues. Given below is the text of the above obituary.

Mr.VV Jatar, Deputy Engineering Manager, who died on March 20th 1974, had never missed a day’s work because of illness. ‘He would always be there before all of us,’ remarked a colleague.So the news of his death, after a short illness which no one thought was serious,had a particularly shattering effect on his colleagues and friends in the Engg.Department.

Staff in the Maintenance Division,who knew him so well found it difficult to believe that they would no more see his youthful,tall and wiry figure striding along the hangar floor.Quiet and serious,Mr.Jatar had never been known to lose his temper. He limed going for picnics and loved Indian Classical music.

In a letter to Mrs Jatar, Mr Om Sawhney, Director of Engg., and other executives of the Engg.Dept., said: ‘Whilst we have lost a very valued and dear colleague and we feel his absence,the loss suffered by you and your children is irreparable.’

Mr Jatar, who was born at Akot, Akola Dist., in 1925 and educated in Poona, joined Air-India at the beginning of 1947 after three years in the Air Force during the war. During Kashmir operations he briefly went back to the Air Force. Later our Chairman sent him a letter of appreciation for his work.

Mr Jatar became an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer in September 1948 and almost 20 years later Deputy Engg. Manager in the Components Overhaul Division. He took over the Periodic Maintenance in October 1973.

Mr Jatar leaves behind his wife,two daughters and a son. One of his daughters is married. We send our sincere condolences to them. signed by Capt. M.S.Ahlawat.


My father loved Indian Classical Music and myself, Vidula and Urmila grew up listening to Bhimsen Joshi on the tape recorder which he had got from Germany.

It is sad that Srinivas only got to see him for 9 years and my mother brought him up alone.

My grandmother Radha vahini (as she was known) expired on Diwali Amavasya, just 6 months before my father. There is this belief that whoever expires on Amavasya day takes somebody with him/her. Although we didn’t know about this superstition, my father’s death occurred 6 months later on 20th March 1974.

My grandfather Appasaheb had to bear the double tragedy of his wife’s death in October 1973 and his eldest son’s death in March 1974, before he himself expired on 15th Aug.1975.

Sadly, there were 3 deaths in our family in 3 years.

Contributed by Lalita Natu nee Jatar, the daughter of Sharad Jatar.


Jayanta Jatar Video

Jayanta Jatar is the son of Appasaheb, and the grandson of Bapurao and the great-grand son of Shriram Jatar.

This video was shot by his daughter Sanhita’s son Priyank Jatar Get-Together held on (video recording here) the 29th of November 2015.

Jayantakaka reminisces about his childhood and talks a great deal about his grand-father, Bapurao, who was looked after his brothers and sisters after his father passed away.

Here are the links to the video recordings of the other family members:

Bhalachandra Jatar (Chandu) video
Anjali Jatar Video
Video Recording of Sudhir Jatar
Video recording of Pramila Desai
Video recording of Dr. Usha Thakar
Nirmala Jatar’s video recording


Nirmala Jatar’s video recording

Nirmala Jatar (nee Sahasrabudhe) is the daughter- in-law of Appasaheb and the grand daughter-in-law of Bapurao, and the great-grand daughter-in-law of Shriram Jatar . She is the wife of the late Sharad Jatar, Appasaheb’s son from his second wife, Radha (Leela Shevde).

This video was made by Tilottama (Nirmala Kaki’s daughter in law married to Srinivas Jatar) for the Jatar get together  (video recording here) on the 29th of November 2015. Srinivas has two sisters, Vidula Bhagvat and Lalita Natu and they live in Mumbai.


Here are the links to the video recordings of the other family members:

Bhalachandra Jatar (Chandu) video
Anjali Jatar Video
Jayanta Jatar Video
Video Recording of Sudhir Jatar
Video recording of Pramila Desai
Video recording of Dr. Usha Thakar

FL/LFT VIJAY MADHAV JOSHI – remembering a hero

This post is a tribute to an unsung hero – the brother of Mohini Kirtane and Vidya Chand – Vijay Joshi . He died 50 years ago – on the first of September 1965. He gave up his life for INDIA .

Vidya, Mohini and Vijay are the three children of Nalini (Nanutai) and MK Joshi. Nanutai was a Jatar girl, the daughter and only surviving child of Radha (nee Vatsala Mainkar) and Vasudev (Appasaheb) Jatar. Appasaheb was the son of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao), who was the eldest child of Shriram Bhikaji Jatar. This family tree will place him well.

Vijay is the grandson of Appasaheb, the great-grandson of Bapurao and the great-great-grandson of Shriram Jatar.

This is a tribute to him in the Times of India by the brother in law of Vijay (Vijay’s wife Sandhya’s brother). Sandhya was a Gadgil before marrying Vijay. Continue reading “FL/LFT VIJAY MADHAV JOSHI – remembering a hero”

Sheela (Lalita) Natu

Lalita Natu (nee Jatar) is the daughter of Vinayak (Sharad) Jatar, who was the son of Vasudev (Appasaheb) from his second wife Leela Shevde. In the photo above she is seen with her sister, Vidula.

Appasaheb was the son of Bapurao, who was the son of Shiram Jatar. Lalita (Sheela is her other name) has two daughters, Malvika and Ashwini. She has a sister Vidula and a brother Srinivas Jatar.

This is what Lalita writes about herself:

I was very fond of film songs, bhavgeet etc. since my childhood. I was a Light Music artiste for AIR in Pune and Mumbai for few years. In 1994 after separation from my husband I came to Thane and with the help of Vidula and Dr. Bhagwat bought a flat in Louiswadi, Thane,Thane. I repaid them later. But both of them have been a moral support to me since 1994.

I was working in a travel agency till 1997 after which I started my own music classes and also school tuitions. Then under Vidula’s guidance from 1997 to 2000 I completed Visharad and then Alankar from Gandharva Mahavidyalay in 2005 which is equivalent to MA in music. But I’ve always been more fond of light music so I teach both Classical and Light songs.
I composed a few tunes for Bhavgeet but as I don’t have a big name I didn’t come out with my own cassette. But that is not at all important for me.

(Contributed by Sheela (Lalita) Natu.

Vidya and Suresh Chand – family profile

Vidya Chand nee Joshi, is the daughter of Nalini Joshi nee Jatar (Nanutai) who was the daughter of Vasudev Jatar (Appasaheb) and Radha (his first wife). Vasudev was the second eldest son of Kashinath Jatar (Bapurao). Bapurao was the eldest son of Shriram Jatar. This makes Vidya the granddaughter of Appasaheb, the great-granddaughter of Bapurao and the great-great-granddaughter of Shriram Jatar. 

She has a sister, Mohini Kirtane and a brother, Vijay (deceased) a war hero.

Here is some information about Vidya : –

Vidya Chand (68) is married to Suresh Chand (71). Vidya was a history professor at Fergusson College, Pune, and was the Head of the Department of History. Vidya retired in 2004. Her husband Suresh was in the Indian Navy, and later in the offshore industry. He is retired now. They have settled in Pune.

Vidya and Suresh have two children, a daughter Deepika (43) and Gaurav (39).

Deepika is married to Hari Swaminathan (43). Hari is an IT  professional based in Cincinnati, USA. He works with Dell Inc. Presently. Deepika and Hari have two children – Eshan (10) and Ariana (7).

Vidya and Suresh’s son Gaurav is married to Ann Marie Chand, an Irish American. Gaurav is the Global Executive Director with Dell Inc. They have a two-year daughter Kaia (2). They live in Austin, United States.

(Contributed by Nita Jatar Kulkarni)