The pioneer of modern Marathi verse- Keshavsut! With a full name Krishnaji Keshav Damle, he was born on 15th March 1866 in a tiny village – Malgund. At some places the birth date is registered as 7th October 1866. He was a teacher by profession, but poetry was his life! Walane (a village in Dapoli Taluka) was his mother’s native. He stayed there too for some period.
He penned down about 103 poems in his short lifetime of 39 years … but those poems have become immortal in Marathi Literature – ‘Tutaree’, ‘NavaShipaee’ are the landmarks of Marathi poetry. His original residence has been converted into his memorial on 8th May 1994 by the initiative taken by Marathi Sahitya Parishad. It was inaugurated at the an specious hands of another great poet Kusumagraj, who stated at the event that, “This memorial is the capital of Marathi Poetry.”
Keshavsoot bid farewell to the world in 1905. Today, the memorial at Malgund has two sections. The first section exhibits the Library and study room where as the other section shows the collection of famous Marathi poetry by legendary Marathi poets, the signboards introducing those poets, poetry reference books etc. In the adjoining home of Kavi Keshavsut there are some old utensils and other articles preserved in glass-case.
Many of the young visitors even do not know about some articles made up of copper about 100-150 years back. Panchapale (Special equipment of worship), Moodpatra(Scoops of boiled rice can be formed with this) etc are some out dated utensils worth watching. It’s because of initiative taken by Kokan Marathi Sahitya Parishad that the poet Keshavsut’s home in Malgund got completely transformed.