Shri. Balwant Moreshwar Purandare popularly known as Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare is past student of MES Boy’s High School (Bhave School). He is a renowned Historian, Writer and Poet.
‘Raja Shiv Chatrapati’ is the most popular, well read and one of the best books on Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj written by him. The book is an excellent narration of the historic details of life before the birth of Shivaji Maharaj, his swarajya fight, till his death. His works are mostly based on the events related to the life of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He is mostly known for his popular play, ‘Jaanta Raja’. Babasaheb Purandare has inspired many writers by his style of writings in his books. He dedicated his life in research of History of Shivaji. He is conferred with the Maharashtra’s highest Civilian Award ‘Maharashtra Bhushan’ in 2016.