Marathi author Chandrakant Khot no more

Mumbai: Noted Marathi author and litterateur Chandrakant Khot passed away here today. He was 75.

Khot died in his sleep at around 4 AM in a temple near his family residence. He was virtually living in the temple for last five years, sources said. The state government kept sitting on his file for allotment of a house under artist quota, well-known Hindi author Ramesh Yadav alleged while talking to PTI.

"Is this how a progressive Maharashtra treats its celebrated writers? The issue of his need for a house was highlighted in the media, but the state government never took note of it," he further said. Khot's style of writing and approach for conducting elaborate research before starting work was unique, he said.

His book on male prostitution - 'Ubhayanvayi Avayav' - had raked a controversy. However, Khot's assertion was that he had tackled the issue psychologically and wanted to create awareness in the society about such issues, Yadav said. Later, Khot shifted to spirituality and one of his book 'Bimb Pratibimb', on Swami Vivekanand's works, received critical acclaim.

He was awarded by Kolkata-based Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad by the then President S D Sharma. Yadav translated the book in Hindi with the same name which received the Maharashtra Rajya Sahitya Parishad's Mama Varerkar Samman.

Khot also penned poetry 'Martik' and 'Apabransh'. His other works include books on Swami Samarth, Saibaba and Sri Gajanan Maharaj. His other celebrated works include 'Bindast' and 'Vishyantar'.

The author had recently announced that he would pen his autobiography 'Karun Karun Bhaglo' in 21 parts, but his wish remained unfulfilled, Yadav said. Khot's focus was meticulous research and he always started a new venture only after being fully satisfied with the subject, he added.

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