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The Marathi School and 
 the    Maharashtra Association Building Trust, Chennai

The Marathi School and the Maharashtra Association Building Trust, a socio-educational organization was founded in the year 1934 by Late Dr. M. Devaji Rao, Late Dr. (Mrs) Krishna Bai Nimbkar and other veteran Maharashtrians of yesteryears, with the objective of spreading culture, social upliftment, language, literature, education and above all ‘National integration’.  The cultural activities were conducted under the head ‘Maharashtra Association’, and this was one of the most popular premier cultural organizations in Madras, bringing together, people of all castes, creeds, religions and economic strata.


The Maharashtra Association founded its ladies wing, called ‘Mangala Samaj’ and celebrated various festivals especially for women. The gathering at the Trust premises used to be very large and brought unity among different people, with due credit to the cooperation extended by the Marathi Samaj and the Maharashtra Mandal.  The cooperation extended by stalwarts like Sri Purushotham Joshi, Smt Indira Bai Khadilkar, Sri Dandekar, and many others are recorded in the books of the Trust.


In the early 80s, the organization was given a revamp by a new team, which  chalked out new plans, like the publication of the Maharashtra Panchanga, providing financial assistance towards eye operation for the poor and the crowd puller much acclaimed programme Bhaktha Bhajan Sammelan, as part of Sri Samartha Ramdas Navami Celebrations, which has grown to an Annual Cultural Festival, where traditional Maharashtrian folk and cultural programmes like, Gondal, Bharud, Keerthan etc., are held.   The Maharashtra Association conducted its 29th Annual cultural festival in February this year.


The traditional programmes like Sri Rama Navami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Gudipadava our new year were held at the Association premises in Triplicane.  For the past two decades, Ganesh Chaturthi and Gudipadava are celebrated in cooperation with our sister organisation, the Mahratta Education Fund, Alwarpet, Chennai, to minimize confusion and also add convenience of the attending public


The Maharashtra Association feels proud in having published two books “Bhajana Mala” and “Manache Sloka” both in the bilingual form, Marathi and Tamil, to help the local Maharashtrian and Non-Maharashtrian populations.  In this context, we are proud that we have published two more books entitled, “Stories of Maharashtrian poojas and festivals” and “Marriage customs of South Indian Maharashtrians”, both authored by Late Sri P Bhavanisankar Rao, a Great Maratha awardee. 


The Maharashtra Association has been celebrating Chhatrapathi Shivaji Jayanthi every year.  Govt. of Maharashtra declared 19th February as the date of Shiv Jayanti, but we have chosen to celebrate along with the Maharashtra Divas, that is the 1st of May every year, for uniformity and other conveniences.  We have conducted various programmes like, oratorical, essay and painting contests for the children, seminars, keerthans, harikatha kalakshepams, bhajans all in connection with Chhatrapathi’s life, so that his ideals and character are popularised.  Considering the age of the young hero, Shivaji Maharaj who became the Chhatrapathi at the tender of 10, it was decided to encourage young artists in the field of arts, and has been providing the stage for the first time stage performance, so that this will be the first stepping stone for the achievement and to mention the name who has really become popular is Sri Swarna Rethas, a popular carnatic vocalist of Chennai.  He is the principal disciple of Sri Sanjay Subramaniam, a famous carnatic vocalist of Chennai.  Achievements are generally limited to a few.  Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj, was a great achiever and in that connection, the Maharashtra Association decided to recognise people who have come up the ladder of their lives with distinction, with an award called “The Great Maratha Award” for lifetime achievement and contributions to the society.  The Maharashtra Association has been honouring since 2003,  and  today we are going to witness the award ceremony of yet another great, Sri Narain Rao Jadhav.

From the year 2011, we have been recognising and honouring young achievers in various fields, with Young Maratha Award. 


This organization is extremely happy for its association with the greats, like Sri Mavlankar, Sri Chintaman Deshmukh, Sri CP Ramaswamy Iyer, Dr. Smt. Rajani Rai, Former Lt. Governor of Pondicherry, Dr. P. C. Alexander, Former Governor of Tamilnadu and Maharashtra, and Hon’ble Judges Sri N. Krishnaswamy Reddiar, Sri V S Sirpurkar, Sri S. Mohan, Sri Rajeswaran, industrialists like Sri R. S. Sawant, Sri Ashok Joshi, great banking heads like Sri. D. V. Ballal, Sri A. G. Joshi, Sri. Prakash Joshi and Sri Ashok Dugade, Administrative officers like Sri N Vittal, IAS, Former Chief Vigilance commissioner of India, Sri. G. V. Ramakrishna, Former chairman of SEBI, Sri T S Krishnamurthy and Sri N. Gopalaswamy, Former Chief Election Commissioners of India and Sri Vijay Pingale, IAS, Special Officer and Managing Director, Co – Optex.  We have had the privilege of having Tax assessors also,  Sri Padmakar More and Sri M Srinivasa Rao, commissioners of Income Tax department as chief guests in the past. 



    FROM 1990 TO 2019


1990 – Shri. P. S. Srinivasa Rao, Chennai

          Chief guest: Gurudasan Sri T. S. Krishnamurthi, Chennai


1991 – Shri. T. S. Vasudeva Naig & Shri. T. S. Krishna Naig,   Madurai

          Chief guest: Shri. D. V. Ballal, Zonal Manager, Central Bank of India, Chennai


1992 – Shri. T. S. Krishnamurthi, Chennai

           Chief guest: Gaurang Prashad Brahmachari, Gowdiya Mutt, Chennai


1993 – Shri. M. O. Srinivasan, Chennai

          Chief guest: Shri. G. Selvarajan, McRennet Foods, Chennai


1994 – Smt. Pratibha Paranjpe, Pune

          Chief guest: Shri. R. S. Sawant, Automark Ltd, Chennai


1995 – Smt. Anasuya Duraiswami, Chennai

          Chief guest: Shri. N. Krishnaswamy Reddiar, Former Judge, High Court, Chennai


1996 – Shri. Sambasiva Bhagavathar, Chennai

          Chief guest: Shri. K. D. U. Moorthy, Pepsi foods, Chennai


1997 – Shri. Mukundraj Godbole, Pune

          Chief guest: H. H. Naamaanandagiriji, Thennangur


1998 – Shri. A. K. Gopalan, Chennai

          Chief guest: Shri. A. G. Joshi, E.D., Indian Bank, Chennai


1999 – Smt. Maya Joshi, Chennai

          Chief guests: Justice Shri. V. S. Sirpurkar, High court, Chennai

             H. E. Smt. Rajani Rai. Lt. Governor, Pondicherry 


2000 – Shri. Thukaram Ganapathi, Kadayanallur

          Chief guest: Shri. R. S. Sawant, Automark, Chennai


2001 – Kalaimamani Shri. Pithukuli Murugadas, Chennai

          Chief guest: Shri. B. R. Kumar, Director, AIR, Chennai


2002 – Shri. N. G. Rajagopalan, Chennai

          Chief guest: Shri. G. V. Rao, Industrialist, Chennai


2003 – Smt. Seema Vilas Deshpande, Pune

          Chief guest: Shri. N. Vittal, IAS (Retd)., Former CVC of India


2004 – Shri. O. S. Sundar, Chennai

   Chief guest:  H. H. Bharadwaja swami of Yogamaya  Bhuvaneswari Ashram, Chennai


2005 – Shri. Kovai S Jayaraman, Chennai

          Chief guest:  Sri. A. N. Srinivasa Rao, Industrialist, Chennai


2006 – Shri. Umapathy and Shri. Vaidyanathan, Chennai

         Chief guest: Sri Krishnaswami, Secretary, Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai


2007 – Miss Shyamala Bhave, Bangalore

           Chief guest:  Smt. S. Janaki, Cine playback singer, Chennai


2008 – Shri Gopi Bhagavathar, Chennai

           Chief guest:


2009 – Shri Chatudath Aflay, Pune

        Chief guest : Shri Krishnaswamy, Advocate and Secretary,  Narada Gana Sabha


2010 – Shri Kiran Kamath, Mumbai

          Chief guest: Sri Vittal Rao Dhotrekar, Senior Maharashtrian, Bangalore


2011 – Shri Shripad Bhave, Pune

          Chief guest: Smt. Usha Balasubramaniam, Dy GM, Bank of Baroda


2012 – Shri Rajesh Datar, Pune

          Chief guest:  Sri Mani, Carnatic vocalist, Chennai


2013 – Shri Sanjeev Mehendale, Pune

          Chief guest: Sri S P Ramh, Carnatic vocalist, Chennai


2014 – Shri Dattatreya Velankar, Bengaluru

          Chief guest : Shri Vittal Rao Dhotrekar, Senior Member, MSMAB Trust


2015 – Shri Raghunandan Bhat, Bengaluru

          Chief guest – Sri Thukaram Ganapathi Maharaj, Kadayanallur


2016 – Shri Udayalur Kalyanaraman, Chennai

          Chief guest – Prof R Venkoba Rao, Chennai


2017 – Kadayanallur Sri K S Rajagopal Bhagavathar, Kadayanallur

          Chief guest – Dr S Devaji Rao, Chennai


2018 – Smt. Latha Rao, Chennai

          Chief guest – Sri MVN Rao, Chennai


2019 – Sri K. Upendra Bhat, Pune

          Chief guest – Sri Sundararajan, Former GM Indian Railways and Chennai Metro


2003 -  i) Sri G. V. Rao, Industrialist, Chennai 

             ii) Sri. T. B. Nagarajan, Former Addl. Deputy Comptroller                and Auditor General of India

Chief guest : Sri T. T. Vasu, Industrialist, Chennai

2004 - Sri C. B. Jagannatha Rao, Silk expert, UNIDO

Chief guest : Sri. R. Nataraj, Commissioner of Police

2005 - Sri N. Vittal, IAS, Former Central Vigilance Commissioner 

Chief guest : Sri. U. N. Chitnavis, Commander of Coast guards, Chennai

2006 - Sri P Bhavanisankar Rao, Former Prof of Chemistry and


Chief Guest :Sri.  Justice S. Mohan, Former SC Judge

2007 - Sri. N. Bhujanga Rao, Former Chairman, Karur Vysya Bank

Chief Guest Sri. Dugade, Executive Director, Indian Overseas Bk

2008 - Sri G. Dattatri, Former Chief Urban Planner of Chennai

Chief Guest : Sri. P. More, Addl commissioner of Income Tax

2009 - Sri. C. R. Krishnaswamy Rao Sahib, IAS, Former Cabinet Secretary of Govt of India

Chief Guest : Dr. P. Alexander, Former Governor of Tamilnadu and Maharashtra

2010 - Sri C H Gopinatha Rao, Architect

Chief Guest : Hon’ble Justice Sri S. Rajeswaran

2011 - Sri M V N Rao, Chairman, Central Board of Excise and Customs

Chief Guest : Sri T. S Krishnamurthi, IAS Former Chief Election Commissioner of India

2012 - Sri Arun Badekar, Architect

Chief Guest : Sri Vijay Pingale, IAS, Co Optex

2013 - Sri CBS Ramachandra Rao, IAS, Former Secretary, Govt of Odisha

Chief Guest : Sri M Srinivasa Rao, Income Tax commissioner

2014 - Sri R Soundararajan, General Manager, Chennai Metro Rail Project

Chief Guest : Sri N Gopalaswami, Former Chief Election commissioner

2015 - Sri K Jairaj, IAS, Retired Transport Commissioner, Bengaluru

Chief Guest : Sri. R. T. Chari, Industrialist

2016 - Sri Vittal Cowlagi, IAS (Retired) Vigilance Commissioner, Gujarat

Chief Guest : Sri B. S. Raghavan, IAS (Rtd) Former Chief Secretary, Govt of Tripura

2017 - Sri M. Bhagavantha Rao, Former Managing Director, State Bank of Hyderabad

Chief Guest : Sri. C. Rangarajan, former Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Reserve Bank of India

2018 - Sri Narain Rao Jadhav, Architect

Chief Guest : H.H Sri Babaji Raje Bhonsle, Senior Prince Thanjavur Palace

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