Arun Kamble: Poetry Background

Arun Kamble: Poetry Background

Arun Krushnaji Kamble was an author and poet from Maharashtra, India. Born in 1953, he died 56 years later in 2009. Not only a poet but also Dalit activist, Kamble did much in Indian government, marching and leading protests to challenge disputes between the people.

Kamble was born in the Mahar community on March 14, 1953. His mother and father were both educators and both published their own autobiographies. His mother’s autobiography is seen as the first written by a Dalit woman. Kamble took his education in the city of Sangli and earned his M.A. from Siddhartha College. His major interests during this time were Dalit literature and the social reform movement, Ambedkarite. He eventually joined other colleges as a lecturer and got a chair in the University of Mumbai. After college was when Kamble really started his political and social career, gaining high positions in the government and joining the Dalit panthers.

Kamble’s most famous poetical work includes "Mudra" and "Arun Krushnaji Kamble", which was awarded the “Best Poetry Collection by Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad”. He has also worked on several prose works and translation projects, and was a skilled orator giving many speeches. Kamble was not only a poet, but also a master of many crafts, talents, and professions.

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