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This is a list of notable Marathi people an ethnolinguistic group that speaks Marathi, an Indo-Aryan language as their native language.

Rulers and generals

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj
Baji Prabhu Deshpande
Peshwa Bajirao
The ancient Maharashtrian kingdoms
The Jadhav (Sindkhed Raja-Maharashtra)
The Bhosales (Maharashtra)
The Peshwe
The Bhosales (Thanjavur-Tamil Nadu)
The Holkars (Indore-Madhya Pradesh)
The Shinde/Scindia (Gwalior-Madhya Pradesh)
The Newalkars (Jhansi-Uttar Pradesh)
Rani Lakshmibai
The Gandekars (Bhor-Maharashtra)
The Pawar (Dhar-Madhya Pradesh)
The Ghorpade (Sandur-Karnataka)
The Gaekwad (Baroda-Gujarat)

Historic warriors

Satvahana dynasty (2nd century BCE–Early 3rd century CE)
Abhira dynasty (Early 3rd century CE-Late 4th century CE)
Traikutaka dynasty (4th century CE)
Vakataka dynasty (Mid 3rd century CE-Early 6th century)
Shilahara dynasty of North Konkan (Early 9th century CE-Mid 13th century CE)
Yadava dynasty (Mid 9th century CE-Early 14th century CE)
During 17th century and Shivaji's reign[10]
During 18th century and Peshwa rule
The 27-year war - India's longest fought war (1680–1707)
Leaders of Anglo Maratha Wars I, II, III (1775–1818)

Indian independence movement

Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Gopal Krishna Gokhale
Shahu of Kolhapur
Jyotirao Phule
Vishnu Ganesh Pingle
Leaders of Ist War of Indian Independence (1857)
Father of Indian unrest
Father of Indian armed struggle
First political murder in Indian freedom struggle
First Secret Society for Independence

Humanitarians and reformers

Babasaheb Ambedkar
Jyotirao Phule
Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj
Father of renaissance of western India
Bene Israeli reformer and scholar
Social activists

Defence leaders

Father of Indian Navy
First living recipient of the Param Vir Chakra
Third woman in the Indian Armed Forces to be promoted to a Three-star rank
Lieutenant Generals
Vice/Rear Admirals
Air Chief Marshal
Air Marshal

Religion and spirituality

Father of Hindu Nationalism in India
Datta Sampradaya
Mahanubhava Sampradaya
Warkari Movement
Late medieval period Saints (1200-1526)
Early modern period Saints (1526-1858)
Swadhyaya Movement
Prarthana Samaj
Modern period, independence and after (1858-1947)
RSS Members


Speaker of Lok Sabha
First female President of India
Deputy Prime Minister of India
First female Chief Minister of Goa
First female Chief Minister of Rajasthan
First Chief Minister of Goa
First Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh
First Chief Minister of Bombay State
First Hindu and first man of Indian descent to be elected to the Scottish Parliament
First General Secretary of the Communist Party of India.
Founder of All India Trade Union Congress
Goa's first woman parliamentarian
Samyukta Maharashtra Movement
Union Cabinet Ministers
United Kingdom and Irish politics
American politics
Goa legislative Assembly

Bureaucrats and diplomats

Leo Varadkar- Irish Fine Gael politician and Taoiseach
Yashwant Narayan Sukthankar was the second Cabinet Secretary of India.
Foreign Service
Indian Administrative Service
Indian Civil Service

Founder, jurists and lawyers

Father of Indian Constitution
Chief Justice of India
Supreme Court Judges
International lawyers

Business, trade and industries

Baba Kalyani was chairman and managing director of Bharat Forge.
Father of Indian Trade Union Movement
Founder of the Asia's first Cooperative sugar factory.

Fiscal policy leaders

First Indian to be appointed the Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
RBI Governors


Dhondo Keshav Karve
Ancient Maharashtrian academicians
Founder of India's First Women University
Founder of Indian Sociology & Sociology in India
Founder and president of the Symbiosis Society
Founding director of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Founder of Fergusson College
First female teacher of India
First female Indian anthropologist
Most qualified person of India
Pioneers in women's education
Founder of Balwadi
Global Teacher Prize recipient
Father of Marathi journalism.


Dr. Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian lady doctor and physician
Astrophysicists Jayant Narlikar


Earth sciences

First Indian Women to Antarctica
Seed Mother of India
Father of the Indian Seed Industry

Engineering and technology

Father of Indian Super Computers
First U.S. Chief Data Scientist

Mathematics and statistics

First Indian to be Senior Wrangler

Medicine and surgery

First Indian Female Physician
First Indian Female to receive PhD
Father of Pathology and Medical Research
ICMR Scientists


Nuclear scientists
Fellow of Royal Society
Theoretical physicists
Astro - physicists
ISRO and DRDO scientists
Indian Institute Of Technology(IIT) - Chairman/Directors
Aerospace engineering
Raghunath Anant Mashelkar

Industrial design


Cinema and theatre

Father of Indian Cinema
Dadasaheb Phalke - Maker of India's first full-length feature Raja Harishchandra
Rajinikanth -Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Nana Patekar
Dr. Vidyadhar Oke with 22-microtone harmonium
Lata Mangeshkar
First Indian to receive the Oscar
Bhanu Athaiya
First female actress of India
Durgabai Kamat
Dada Saheb Phalke Award - Lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema
Asha Bhosle
Madhuri Dixit
Ashutosh Gowariker, directed Lagaan (nominated for Oscars, has 5 filmfare, 7 international awards)[27][28]
Models and beauty pageant winners
Bigg-Boss (Hindi) show winners


Playwright Vijay Tendulkar
Ancient Maharashtrian litterateurs
Jnanpith Award winners - Outstanding contribution in Indian Literature

Noted Marathi writers in non-Marathi languages


Columnists and journalists


Other applied arts

Father of Indian Circus - Vishnupant Moreshwar Chatre

First Ventriloquist in Modern India - Y. K. Padhye

Father of Indian Comic Books - Anant Pai

Costume/fashion designers
Production designers


Hindustani classical music

Music directors

Modern music


Winner of Indian Idol (Season 1)


Sachin Tendulkar[32]
Sunil Gavaskar[33]
First Individual Olympic Medal for India
First Individual Paralympic Medal for India
First Indian to score 100 international 100's
First Indian woman to cross Gobi Desert
First Indian woman to obtain WIM title
India's first Olympic Marathon runner




Outside Maharashtra

Bene Israel
United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe
South East and Far East
United States


First Indian to receive Magsaysay Award (Asia's Nobel)
Ramon Magsaysay - Asia's Noble
Bharat Ratna - Highest Civilian Award
Ashok Chakra - India's highest peacetime military decoration award for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the battlefield.
Param Vir Chakra - India's highest military decoration, awarded for displaying distinguished acts of valour during wartime.
Victoria Cross
Padma Vibhushan- Second Highest Civilian Award of India
Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Criminals and Gangsters

See also


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