Marathi Language Day in India Date in the current year: February 27, 2016

Marathi Language Day in India Marathi Language Day is celebrated in the state of Maharashtra, India on February 27. It commemorates the birth anniversary of Kusumagraj (pen name of Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar), an eminent Marathi author.

Marathi is an Indo-Aryan language that serves as the official language in Maharashtra. With about 73 million of native speakers, it is one of the most spoken languages in the world and the fourth most spoken language in India. Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar, known by his pen name, Kusumagrai, contributed significantly to the development of Marathi.

Kusumagraj was born on February 27, 1912. He is regarded as one of the most prominent Marathi authors. Kusumagraj's career spanned five decades, during which he created numerous poems, short stories, essays, plays, and novels. One of his best known works is Vishaka, a collection of poems published in 1942 that inspired Indian independence movement. It is today considered to be a masterpiece of Indian literature.

Marathi Language Day was officially established by the government of Maharashtra. It is celebrated with seminars and essay competitions held at educational institutions. Various cultural events are organized by state officials.

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