Atmaram Raoji Deshpande
Born(1901-09-11)11 September 1901
Murtijapur, Akola district, Berar Province
DiedMay 8, 1982(1982-05-08) (aged 80)
Pen nameKavi Anil
OccupationMarathi Poet
Literary movementfree style -Muktachhand (मुक्तछंद) - poetry to Marathi literature
Notable awardsSahitya Akademi Award, 1977
Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979
SpouseKusumavati Deshpande, Marathi Writer

Atmaram Raoji Deshpande (Marathi: आत्माराम रावजी देशपांडे) (1901–8 may 1982) was a Marathi poet from Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, India. He wrote poems under the pen name Anil (अनिल). He was born on 11 September 1901 at Murtijapur in Akola district of Central India. He was married to Kusum Jayawant in 1929; she took the name Kusumavati Deshpande and was also a Marathi writer.[1]

Deshpande introduced free style --Muktachhand (मुक्तछंद)-- poetry to Marathi literature. He also introduced in Marathi Dashapadi (दशपदी), a new genre of sonnets comprising ten lines. His collection of poems with the same name Dashapadi (दशपदी) received a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1977. He was elected for Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 1979.

He presided over Marathi Sahitya Sammelan (मराठी साहित्य सम्मेलन) at Malvan in 1958.

Deshpande won several international honors. He was a member of the committee of literacy experts of UNESCO. He was leader of Indian delegation of literary experts to USSR. He was awarded UNESCO fellowship for studying social education schemes in various countries.[2]

A collection of letters between Deshpande and his wife was published under the title Kusumanil (कुसुमानिल) in 1976.[2]


The following are the titles of collections of Deshpande's poems:


  1. ^ "Kusumanil Website". Archived from the original on 13 May 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b Amaresh Datta (1987). Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature: A-Devo. p. 177. ISBN 9788126018031.