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Prahlad Keshav Atre
|Born||August 13, 1898|
|Died||June 13, 1969 (aged 70)|
|Other names||Acharya Atre|
|Education||Bachelor of Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Pune|
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Prahlād Keshav Atre (pronunciation (help·info)) (13 August 1898 – 13 June 1969), popularly known as Āchārya Atre, He was a prominent Marathi writer, a poet, an educationist, a newspaper founder–editor of Maratha (a Marathi language writer and above all, a noted orator.
Acharya Atre was born on 13 August 1898 in a Deshastha Brahmin family of Kodhit, a village near Saswad in Pune district. His father was a clerk and also a secretary of Saswad Municipality for a brief period . Atre completed his primary school education in Jaswad. He matriculated from Fergusson college in 1919. He completed Bachelor of Arts from University of Pune. After graduation Atre took up a career as a school teacher. Atre did his T. D. (teacher's diploma) from the University of London in 1928. Before returning to India he studied Experimental Psychology under Cyril Burt and taught at Harrow.
His Marathi film, Shyamchi Aai won the 1954 National Film Award for Best Feature Film. Atre wrote seven plays; some of them had a humorous theme while others, a serious one. All of them received high public acclaim. His comedy-play, Moruchi Mavshi was later adapted into Hindi film, Aunty No. 1 (1998), starring Govinda and Raveena Tandon. His movie Mahatma Phule (1955) received the President's Silver Medal.
Atre was the founder–editor of four Marathi newspapers. Two of them had a short life. But the other two, Maratha and (Weekly) Navayug, ran for many years with a large circulation.
However his ambition of becoming a member of the Indian Parliament could not be fulfilled as he lost these elections.
Marathi literature is strewn with Deshastha writers. Some of the luminaries are B. S. Murdhekar, the neo classical poet and critic; the popular dramatists Acharya P. K. Atre, V.V.Shirwadkar; the poet and story writer G.D.Madgulkar popularly known as the "Modern Walmiki” of Maharashtra, Sahitya Akademi Award winners G. T. Deshpande, Laxmanshastri Joshi, S. N. Banhatti, V. K. Gokak and Mugali all belong to this community.