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Today is the 181st birth anniversary of Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar. He was a was a noted Indian scholar, orientalist, and social reformer.

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune was started under his leadership, by his students in 1917.…
#Bhandarkar studied at Elphinstone College in Bombay. Along with Mahadev Govind Ranade, Bhandarkar was part of the first graduate batch in 1862 from Bombay University. He obtained his Master’s degree the following year, and was awarded a PhD from University of Göttingen in 1885.
#Bhandarkar taught at Elphinstone College, Mumbai and Deccan College, Pune during his distinguished teaching career. He was involved in research and writing throughout his life. He retired in 1894 as the Vice Chancellor of Bombay University.
"He reconstructed the political history of the Deccan of the Satavahanas and the history of Vaishnavism and other sects. A great social reformer, through his researches he advocated widow marriages and castigated the evils of the caste system and child marriage." - R.S. Sharma
In 1885, Bhandarkar along with noted social reformers Vaman Abaji Modak, and Justice Ranade established the Maharashtra Girls Education Society (MGE) - the parent body of #Pune's first native girls only High-School: 'Huzurpaga'.
The great, historic Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), which completed 100 years in 2017, stands tribute to R.G. Bhandarkar.
BORI has one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts in India, spanning over 1,40,000 books and 28,000 manuscripts. This collection covers several language and scripts such as Sanskrit, Prakrit, Indian regional languages, classical Asian and European languages.

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Aug 10, 2018
Today is 158th birth anniv of Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande.
He wrote the first modern treatise on Hindustani classical music.

Bhatkhande traveled throughout India, meeting with ustads and pandits, and researching music, and studying ancient texts.…
"After the death of his wife and his daughter, Bhatkhande abandoned his legal practice and devoted the rest of his life to systematizing the prevailing forms of Hindustani music and building on that system a coordinated theory and practice of music."
"Bhatkhande's first published work, Swar Malika, was a booklet containing detailed descriptions of all prevalent ragas. In 1909, he published Shri Mallakshaya Sangeetam, in Sanskrit, under the pseudonym 'Chatur-pandit'."
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2,300 year history of #Paithan and the iconic #Paithani Sari - from Satavahana era, Roman trade, Peshwas, to present
#Paithan was the capital of the Satavahana Dynasty, and had extensive trade with various other regions, including the Roman Empire. 2/n
#Paithan silk weaves were extremely popular among the Romans - this led to good trade via the sea route (Kalyan) and the old silk route. 3/n
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Google for more details, check multiple sources, VALIDATE against Websites/Twitter/Facebook feeds of 'official', 'verified' entities. (2/n)
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