He was a general of the Maratha Empire in India. He served
as Peshwa (Prime Minister) to the fifth Maratha Chhatrapati (Emperor) Shahu from 1720 until his death. He is also
known by the name Bajirao Ballal.
Shivaji Bhonsle was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha clan.
Shivaji carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire.
Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi,
was the queen of the princely state of Jhansi in North India currently present in Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh, India.
She was one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Tukaram, also referred to as Sant Tukaram, Bhakta Tukaram, Tukaram Maharaj,
Tukoba and Tukobaraya, was a 17th-century poet-saint of the Bhakti movement in Maharashtra.
Namdev, also transliterated as Namdeo and Namadeva, was a
poet-saint from Maharashtra,
India who is significant to the Varkari sect of Hinduism. He is also venerated in Sikhism,
as well as Hindu warrior-ascetic traditions.
Tantia Tope was a general in the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and one of its notable leaders.
He was born as Ramachandra Panduranga to a Maratha Brahman family and took on the title Tope, meaning commanding officer.
Sambhaji was the second ruler of the Maratha kingdom.
He was the eldest son of Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire and his first wife Saibai.
He was successor of the realm after his father's death.
Eknath was a prominent Marathi sant, scholar, and religious poet of the Varkari
sampradaya. In the development of Marathi literature,
Eknath is seen as a bridge between his predecessors.
Janabai was a Marāthi religious poet in the Hindu tradition in India
who was born likely in the seventh or the eighth decade of the 13th century
Janabai was born in Gangakhed, Maharashtra to a couple with first names rand and Karand.
Dnyaneshwar , also known as Dnyandev or Mauli was a 13th-century Marathi saint, poet,
philosopher and yogi of the Nath tradition whose Dnyaneshwari
(a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita) and Amrutanubhav are considered to be milestones in Marathi literature.
Also known by her married name Madhuri Dixit Nene, is an Indian actress who is known for her work in Hindi cinema. Dixit has been praised by critics for her acting and dancing skills.
She was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award.
Reema Lagu was an Indian theatre and screen actress known
for her work in Hindi and Marathi cinema. She began her acting career in the Marathi theatre.She received wider recognition with roles in television serials,
Hindi and Marathi films.
Nana Patekar is an Indian actor, writer, philanthropist and filmmaker, mainly working in Hindi and Marathi films.
He won a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Parinda (1989).
Ramachandra Chitalkar was born on 12 January 1918 in Puntamba, a small town in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra, India.
Ramachandra provided harmonium accompaniment for Minerva composers Bindu Khan and Habib Khan.
Lata Mangeshkar is an Indian playback singer and occasional music composer. She is the best-known and most respected playback singer in India. She is referred to as the Nightingale
of India and the Queen of Melody. Mangeshkar's career started in 1942.
Ashok Saraf is an Indian film and stage actor and comedian. He has appeared in many Marathi
movies and stage plays in lead roles and in Hindi movies and TV serials in supporting roles. He is affectionately known as 'MAMA' in entire Marathi film industry.
Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi Was an Indian vocalist from Karnataka in the Hindustani classical tradition. He is known
for the khayal form of singing, as well as for his popular renditions of devotional music.
Kishori Amonkar was a leading Indian classical vocalist, belonging to the Jaipur gharana,
or a community of musicians sharing a distinctive musical style.She created many compositions for a number of ragas.
Asha Bhosle is an Indian singer. She is best known as a playback singer in Hindi cinema, although she has a wider repertoire.
Bhosle's career started in 1943 and has spanned over six decades.
Sunil Manohar "Sunny" Gavaskar is an Indian former cricketer who played from the early 70's
to late 80's for the Bombay cricket team and Indian national team.He was the first Test cricket player to make over 10,000 runs.
Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav was an Indian athlete. He is best known as a wrestler who won a bronze medal
at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. He was one of the first athletes from India to win a medal in the Olympics.
Manik was an Indian classical singer from the Kirana and Agra gharanas (singing styles).
In her memory Manik Varma Pratishthan was established in Mumbai, which also presents Manik Ratna Award and scholarships.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indian cricketer and a former captain, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time.He is the highest run scorer
of all time in International cricket.
Anjali Bhagwat is a professional Indian shooter. She became the World Number
One in 10m Air Rifle in 2002. She also won her first World Cup Final in Milan, in 2003, with a score of 399/400.
Dhanraj Pillay is a retired Indian field hockey player and former captain of the
Indian national team.He currently serves as the manager of the team.As a player, he is regarded one of India's best ever.