D. G. Godse
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D. G. Godse

Dattatraya Ganesh Godse (Devanagari: ? , ?. ?. ) (3 July 1914 - 5 January 1992) was an Indian historian, playwright, art critic, art director, theatre and costume designer, and illustrator. He received a Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1988.[1] He wrote almost exclusively in Marathi.

Early life and education

He was born in Vadhode village in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra, India. He did his schooling in Saoner Nagpur. He attended Morris College, Nagpur and Wilson College, Mumbai. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marathi and English. He was also trained in fine arts at Slade School of Fine Art. Wife: Sheela Godse,

Daughter: Medha Keeriyott,

Son: Anand Godse


Godse wrote on a wide range of subjects: historical figures including Shivaji, Mastani, and Ramdas; literature; plays; architecture; sculpture; and art, including Buddhist art. He wrote an essay on Thomas Daniell's 1790 painting of the Peshwa court at Pune.

In the manner of the historians and critics Vishwanath Kashinath Rajwade, Madhukar Vasudev Dhond, Godse wrote almost exclusively in Marathi.

Ashok R. Kelkar, a scholar in linguistics, literature, and semiotics, commented that Godse's work is "a body of important, if controversial, work in art history from the vitalist point of view."[2] He added that Godse's decision to write in Marathi was "fortunate in so far as it was instrumental in bringing art history home to the Marathi reader."[2]

Godse illustrated many books and magazines. He was theatre designer for over one hundred and seven plays. He also was art director for three Marathi and two Hindi films.


  • Vada-Savada Ani Nishada Sama (2003) (Coauthored with M.V. Rajadhyaksha)
  • Daphtan? (1992)
Cover of Godse's book Nangi Asalele Phulap?khar? ( ), 1989 Publisher Popular Prakashan; The cover is done by Godse himself and the picture there is inspired by James Abbott McNeill Whistler's 'butterfly possessing a long stinger for a tail'
  • Nangi Asalele Phulap?khar? (1989)
  • Mast?n? ? (1989)
  • ?rj?yana ? (1985)
  • M?t?vala (1981)
  • Samande Tala ? (1981)
  • Gatim?n? ? (1976)
  • K?lagangechy? K?th? ? (1974)
  • Shakti Saushthava (1972)
  • Pota (1963)
  • Lokghati ?
  • Pratima ? (translation)
  • Shakuntala (Translation of Abhijñ?nakuntalam)
  • Song ?
  • Sambhajiche Bhoot
  • Kahi Kavadse ?
  • Essay on Dinanath Dalal: 'The Genius from an Enchanted land'

Further reading

  • D.G. Godse Yanchi Kalamimansa, Edited by Sarojini Vaidya, Vasant Patankar (Marathi), 1997 ("?. ?. ?" , ? )Publisher: Department of Marathi, Mumbai University and Popular Prakashan


  1. ^ "Akademi Awards, Drama, Other Aspects of Theatre". Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 2007.
  2. ^ a b Kelkar, Ashok R. "On Aesthesis and Art". Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007.

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