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Shri D. B. alias Mamasaheb Kulkarni

Shri D. B. alias Mamasaheb Kulkarni

Born on 5th December, 1913 Shri D. B. alias Mamasaheb Kulkarni was a disciple of Late SANE GURUJI under whose tutelage he had imbibed the knowledge and inspiration for Social Work. Shri Kulkarni had worked in our National Freedom Movement at Amalner, Dist. Jalgaon, Maharashtra (during 1938 to 1947) during the emergency period declared by the British Government with SANE GURUJI. During this period Sane Guruji stayed with him when he was underground in disguise. Both came to Mumbai after the independence and worked together till Sane Guruji breathed his last.

Shri Kulkarni had never availed any benefit as Freedom Fighter as it was against the principles taught to him by Sane Guruji. Shri Kulkarni had devoted himself to the cause of creating awareness among the masses, especially the Youth and Women for more than six decades. He organized awareness campaigns and gave lectures on the subjects:

1.Indian Culture and DOWRY System,

2.DOWRY and Evil Custom,

3.Life & Teachings of Sane Guruji which also included various memories of Freedom Struggle and Sane Guruji, in various Universities, Colleges, National Service Scheme Camps, Youth & Women's Organization to spread the message of Humanity and National Integrations. A large number of young students have taken oath against various evil customs such as Dowry and to curb Blind Faith from the Society. During the last thirty years he had delivered more than 5000 lectures and had addressed more than 15 lacs of people/Youth & inspired a large number of young Volunteers. Even till 30th September 2011 at the age of 98 years he was working at the table and had finanlised the awareness campaign for ANTI DOWRY WEEk i.e. from 26 Nov. till 3rd Dec. 2011.

Following are some Honours and Awards bestowed on him for his selfless and dedicated service towards humanity :-
1. BAPU PURASKAR by Gandhi National Memorial Society, Agakhan Palace, Pune.
2. JEEVAN GAURAV PURASKARby Chh. Shivaji Maharaj Smarak Samiti, Juhu, Mumbai.
3. SAMAJ BHUSHAN by Marathi Vrittapatra Lekhak Sangh, Maharashtra.
4. PARLE BHUSHAN by Vile Parle Lokaseva Mandal & Citizens of Vile Parle.
5. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar DALIT MITRA PURASKAR by Govt. of Maharashtra.
6. Dr. BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR PURASKAR by Bhavatu Sabba Mangalam, Mumbai.
7. CHANDRAKANT BHOGTE SMRUTI PURASKAR by Marathi Vritapatra Lekhak Sangh.
8. APPRECIATION AWARD by Maharashtra Muslim Sanghatana, Navi Mumbai for his Selfless & Dedicated Service towards Humanity.
9. SHRAMIK MITRA PURASKAR by Rashtriya Shramik Sanghatana, Mumbai.
10. SAMAJ MITRA PURASKAR BY Shramashakti Vikas Sanstha, Pune.
11. JEEVAN GAURAV PURASKAR by Pratigya Cultural & Social Activities a Youth Organization from Nagpur.

He breathed his last on 3rd October 2011 at the age of 98 years & 10 months. He donated his Eyes and Body to J. J. Hospital, Mumbai and his last wish was fulfilled by his daughter Ms. Asha Kulkarni. Our rich tributes to the departed soul of our beloved Mamasaheb Kulkarni.

On the Occasion of Independence day and Centenary Year of D. B. alias Mamasaheb Kulkarni our Founder President, the Square out side the Residence of Mamasheb was named as "Freedom Fighter Damodar Balwant alias Mamasaheb Kulkarni Chowk" and was inaugurated at he hands of Mayor of Mumbai Shri Sunil Prabhu on 15th August 2013.

On the Life of Mamasaheb a Book is written by his daughter Ms. Asha Kulkarni in Marathi and English with Foreword by eminent Author Padmashree Madhu Mangesh Karnik and Shri Achyut Godbole respectively. Print Book, Audio Book and Ebook was published on the occasion of 100th Birth Anniversary of Mamasheb. Both the Books in Marathi and English are available on Book Ganga.


दामू साने गुरुजींचा धडपडणारा मुलगा

Damu Sane Guruji's Crusading Son
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