Mangesh Keshav Padgaonkar was born on March 10, 1929, in Vengurla, Sindhudurg District in Maharashtra and died on December 30, 2015.
He was a Marathi poet from Maharashtra, India.
He has been writing poetry for over 70 yrs.
Mangesh received a Master of Arts degree in Marathi and Sanskrit from the University of Bombay.
Mangesh taught Marathi at Ruia College for some years, and then during the 1970 to 1990 period served as an editor at the US Information Service, both in Mumbai.
Padgaonkar also worked as an assistant editor at the Sadhana (weekly) for some time.
Mangesh Padgaonkar written lyrics of many Marathi songs, it was Sung by Arun Date, his songs “Ya Janmawar, Ya Jaganyawar Shatada Prem Karawe”, “Bhatukalichya Khelamadhali” and “Shukratara Mand Wara” are well known.
Padgaonkar has received the following awards, Sahitya Academy Award in 1980 for his collection of poems Salam, the Maharashtra State Award in 1953 and 1955, the Maharashtra Bhushan Award in year 2008 (along with noted Spiritual leader Nana Dharmadhikari), Padma Bhushan in 2013 and the Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad (Ma. Sa. Pa.) Puraskar in 2013.
Mangesh Padgaonkar works includes; Dharanrtya (1950), Salam (1980), Bolagani (1990), Sutti Eke Sutti (1993), Jipsi (1994), Mira (1995), Triveni (1995), Udasabodh (1996), Kavita Manasanchya, Manasasathi (1999) and Radha (2000).
Mangesh Padgaonkar passed away at in Mumbai