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He was born on November 30, 1935 in the village Kagal near Kolhapur, Maharashtra in a poor family. His illiterate farmer father was not in favor of educating him. So young Yadav ran away from home, and, facing many hardships, received education as high as a doctorate from Pune University. His books such as Jhombi and Nangarani depict his struggle for education. He died in 2016 at Pune.
Yadav was one of the early writers of Marathi Gramin Sahitya (literature pertaining to rural life in Maharashtra).
His novel "Zombi" (झोंबी) (meaning “fight against all odds”) won a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1990. The novel is an autobiographical story of a young boy, his loving mother, his life of utter poverty, and his eagerness to receive education.
Yadav wrote three sequels to autobiographical Zombi (झोंबी): Nangarani (नांगरणी) (meaning cultivation of the soil), Gharabhinti (घरभिंती ) (meaning housewalls), and Kachawel (काचवेल) (meaning a vine of pieces of glass).
The famous marathi movie Natarang is based on Mr. Yadav's "Natarang" novel.
The following is a list of Yadav's other literary works. They comprise scholarly books related to Marathi literature as well as fictions.
- १९६० नंतरची सामाजिक स्थिती आणि साहित्यातील नवे प्रवाह
- साहित्याची निर्मिति प्रक्रिया
- ग्रामीण साहित्य : स्वरूप व समस्या
- ग्रामीणता : साहित्य आणि वास्तव
- मराठी साहित्य : समाज आणि संस्कृती
- मराठी लघुनिबंधाचा इतिहास
- कलेचे कातडे
- साहित्यिकाचा गाव
- सैनिक हो, तुमच्यासाठी
- शेवटची लढाई
- आत्मचरित्र मीमांसा
- उखडलेली झाडं
- माळावरची मैना
- मळ्याची माती
- मातीखालची माती
- उगवती मने
- लोकसखा ज्ञानेश्वर
- संतसूर्य तुकाराम
82nd Marathi Sahitya Sammelan
Yadav was elected as the president of the 82nd Marathi Sahitya Sammelan which was held at Mahabaleshwar in March 2009. However, he resigned from that position four days before the sammelan in response to protests primarily by members of the varkari mahamandal against some of the material in his biographical novel "Santasurya Tukaram" (संतसूर्य तुकाराम). The mahamandal members had demanded his resignation with a warning that they would disrupt the sammelan if their demand was not met .
- "Anand resigns as president of literary meet". Times of India. March 17, 2009. Retrieved March 17, 2009.
- Deshpande, Atul (March 21, 2009). "Sahitya Sammelan still in controversies". The Times Of India.
Madhukar Dattatreya Hatakananglekar
|Marathi Sahitya Sammelan - President
2009 at Mahabaleshwar