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Shahir Krishnarao Sable

Shahir Krishnarao Sable
Born(1923-09-03)3 September 1923
Died20 March 2015(2015-03-20) (aged 91)
OccupationFolk artist, Singer, Playwright, Actor
ChildrenDevdatta Sable (Son)
Charusheela Sable (Daughter)
Parent(s)Ganpatrao Sable
AwardsPadma Shri Award 1998
Musical career

Krishnarao Ganpatrao Sable, popularly known as Shahir Sable (3 September 1923 – 20 March 2015), was a Marathi language folk artist from Maharashtra, India.[1] He was an accomplished singer, writer, playwright, performer, Loknatya (Folk theater) producer-director.[2][3]

Early life

Shahir Sable was born in a small village called Pasarni, in the Wai taluka of district Satara to Shri Ganpatrao Sable in 1923.[4] He also starting playing flute in the childhood. After getting primary schooling at birthplace, he was moved to his maternal uncle to Amalner where he studied till 7th. He left the school soon. At Amalner, he was very close to Sane Guruji. He spend lot of his time with Sane Guruji during freedom struggle. With his shahiri, he started making contribution in the struggle. He also started "Jagruti Shahir Mandal" during that time.

Famous works

  • Maharashtrachi Lokadhara (Folk dances of Maharashtra) - Maharashtrachi Lokadhara had performed all over India as a renowned troupe formed by Shahir Sable showcasing all native dance forms of Mahrashtra.[5] He gave rebirth to some of the old traditions of fork like Lavani, Balyanruttya, Kolinruttya, Gondhalinruttya, Manglagaur, Vaghyamurali, Vasudeo, Dhangar etc.[6]


  • Adhi Ganala Rani Aan Na]
  • Are Krishna Are Kanha
  • Athshe Khidkya Navshe Daara
  • Garjaa Maharashtra Majha
  • Hay Pavlay Dev Majha Malhari
  • Jezurichya Khanderaya
  • Maharashtra Jai Maharashtra Jai
  • Navra Nako Ga Bai
  • Run Zun Vaajantri
  • Sahyadricha Sinha Garjato
  • Ved Lagale
  • Ya Go Dandyavarna Boltoy


  • Andhala Daltay - Shahir Sable staged this farcical play highlighting the sorry plight of the Marathi speaking residents of Mumbai. The lore has it that the play was so impactful that it led to the formation of the Shivsena, a political party safeguarding the rights of the native Marathi populace.[7][8]


  • His son Devdatta Sable is a famous Marathi music composer with famous songs like "Hi Chaal Turu Turu" and "Manaachyaa Dhundit" and his grand son Shivdarshan Sable Son of Devdatta Sable is a noted film director and producer who directed Marathi movies like ?Ajab Lagnachi Gajab Gosht?, ?Canvas? and ?Rang Mananche? He is also produced and directed Marathi dramas ? and ?Mii and Tee?. He is a producer of Marathi Psycho thriller drama ?Talyat-Malyat?.
  • His daughter Charusheela Sable is a Marathi actress of repute.[9]
  • His son in law Ajit Vachani was a famous Indian film and television actor who married to Charusheela Sable
  • His grandson - the noted Marathi film director Kedar Shinde.[10]

Awards & Recognition

Padma Shri Award - India's fourth highest civilian honour
  • 1984: Sangeet Natak Akademi Award[11]
  • 1988: Shahir Amar Sheikh Puraskar
  • 1990: President, 70th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Natya Sammelan, Mumbai
  • 1990: President, Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Shahir Parishad, Mumbai[12]
  • 1990: Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar
  • 1994: Sant Namdev Puraskar
  • 1997: Satara Bhushan Puraskar
  • 1997: Shahir Patthe Bapurao Puraskar
  • 1997: Maharashtra Rajya Gaurav Puraskar
  • 1998: Shri Krishnarao Ganpatrao Sable has been awarded Padma Shri award (India's fourth highest civilian honour) for his dedication in the field of Arts in 1998.[13]
  • 2001: Best Singer award from Maharashtra State Govt.
  • 2002: P Sawlaram Puraskar
  • 2002: Shahir Pharande puraskar
  • 2005: Maharashra Bhushan award by Maharashtra Times
  • 2006: Maharashtra Ratna puraskar
  • 2012: Lokshahir Vittal Umap Mrudgandh Lifetime Achievement award [14]


He died in his residence at Mumbai on 20 March 2015 at the age of 91.[6][15]


  1. ^ "Shahir Sable" (PDF). Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "The Economic Viability of Theatre (presented at Ekjute Festival's Theatre Seminar - April 2006)". India Theatre Forum. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Press Trust of India (20 March 2015). "Bard of Maharashtra Shahir Krishnarao Sable passes away". Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "Shahir Sable - A patriotic artiste who made an invaluable contribution to freedom and United Maharashtra struggle and a Bard who nurtured Maharashtra's culture through it's folk art". Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "Trupti Sahasrabuddhe - World In Motion". World in Motion LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b "? ? , ?" [Maharashtra voice RIP, Shahir Sable died in Mumbai]. (in Marathi). 20 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Herbariums golden oldie 'Andhala Daltay'". Afternoon Despatch & Courier Mumbai India. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ "ANDHALA DALTAY". Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ "All about Charushila Sable - biography, filmography, photos". Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Interview With Kedar Shinde". Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar (Akademi Awards)". Sangeet Natak Akademi. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Films to archive theatre artistes' work". Sakal Media Group. Retrieved 2014.
  13. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  14. ^ Awards
  15. ^ Nandgaonkar, Satish (21 March 2015). "Folk singer Shahir Sable passes away" – via The Hindu.

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