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|CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ – THE LEGEND|
| He founded the Hindu kingdom in the Deccan against all odds , fighting against the mighty Mughals.He inspired and united the common man to fight against the tyranny of Mughal ruler Aurangjeb, by inculcating a sense of pride and nationality in them.At the age of 16, he took a pledge to establish a sovereign Hindu state.He clearly outstands all the rulers and generals of India by the exemplary life he lived and is thus respected by the entire cross section of Indians. Shivaji’s military skills could be compared to those of Napolean. He raised a strong army and navy, constructed and repaired forts, used gureilla warfare tactics,developed a strong intelligence network,gave equal treatment to the people from all religions and castes based on merit, and functioned like a seasoned Statesman and General. He appointed ministers with specific functions such as Internal security,Foreign affairs,Finance,Law and Justice,Religious matters,Defence etc.
He introduced systems in revenue collection and warned the officials against harassment of subjects.He thought ahead of times and was a true visionary.In his private life, his moral virtues were exceptionally high.His thoughts and deeds were inspired by the teachings of his mother Jijabai,teacher Dadaji Konddev,great saints like Dnyaneshwar & Tukaram and the valiancy and ideals of the Lords Rama and Krishna.
The tiny kingdom established by Chhatrapati Shivaji known as “Hindavi Swaraja” (Sovereign Hindu state) grew and spread beyond Attock in Northwest India (now in Pakistan)and beyond Cuttack in East India in course of time, to become the strongest power in India. After the death of Chhatrapati Shivaji & his son Sambhaji, their prime ministers or ‘the Peshwas’ became the defacto rulers. The Peshwas and the Maratha Sardars (Chieftans) like Shindes of Gwalior, Gaekwads of Baroda & Holkars of Indore contributed to the growth of the Maratha Confederacy.
The history of India is incomplete without the history of Marathas and Shivaji is the nucleus of Maratha history. Shivaji has been a source of inspiration and pride to the past generations and will continue to inspire generations in future. We salute this legend and humbly dedicate this website to him.
Prati Kolhapur Mahotsav was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Mr. Ashok Chavan and Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Chhagan Bhujbal at Shivajji Park in Bombay (now Mumbai). The festival is a brainchild of Mr.Vinay Kore, Hon’ble Minister for Non-conventional Energy and Horticulture in Maharashtra, who succeeded in bringing Kolhapur to Mumbai with the festival that boasted of carefully selected monuments from Kolhapur, recreated by Nitin Chandrakant Desai of Raja Shivchhatrapati fame. A congregation of over 1 lakh Kolhapurites gathered at Shivaji Park to witness the celebration. The day also marked the establishment of Raja Shri Sahu Kolhapur Vikas Pratisthan that will strive for the development of the historic town. It was a privilege to cover the premiere of Mr. Desai’s Raja Shivchhatrapati (Marathi serial on Star Pravah) held at Cinemax in Bombay. Also, as written earlier, the legendary Hindi films (Bollywood) singer Lata Mangeshkar has ancestral home in Kolhapur. I had a particular picture of Lataji’s house in Kolhapur in some hard disk, will check and post it whenever I find it, most probably in this post itself.Qamaal Mustafa Sikander
RAJA SHIVCHHATRAPATI ON STAR PRAVAH
STAR Pravah showcases its magnum opus Raja Shivchhatrapati at a star studded theatre premiere in Mumbai
Television debut at 8.30 pm on November 24th, 2008
Mumbai, Nov. 19, 2008 : Star Pravah, the Marathi general entertainment channel of Star TV, slated for launch on Nov. 24th, 2008, premiered their magnum opus RAJA SHIVCHHATRAPATI at Cinemax today. In a unique presentation of a serial in a movie theatre, the Marathi TV & film glitterati converged to celebrate the grand premiere of the serial that is produced and directed by Nitin Chandrakant Desai.
The event was widely attended by the cast and crew including director Hemant Deodhar, Nirmal D.Jani & Yogesh D. Jani, the Directors of Photography, Ajay Atul – Music Director and Marathi & Bollywood stalwarts like Ashutosh Gowarikar, N.Chandra, Mahesh Kothare, Sonali Kulkarni among others. Mr.Uday Shankar, CEO, Star TV said, “Star Pravah is yet another step in consolidating the leadership of Star networking in India. Star has always been committed to creating benchmarks in the world of television and Raja Shivchhatrapati promises to raise the bar for viewers of Marathi television. We are proud to present this magnum opus epic on the silver screen in keeping with grandeur of the tale and the persona of Shivaji.”
As per the press release, Star Pravah channel will be launched on 24th Nov. 2008 and aims to capture the true essence of the deep rooted cultural content of the Marathi hinterland through its innovative content. The USP of the channel is quality entertainment with a realistic depiction of multi genre original content that is contemporary and progressive.
Raja Shivchhatrapati Cast :
Dr.Amol Kolhe as Raja Shivchhatrapati
Mrunal Kulkarni as Jijabai
Avinash Narkar as Shahaji
Yatin Karyekar as Aurangzeb
Uday Sabnis as Vishwasrao
Neena Kulkarni as Badi Begum
Milind Safai as Adil Shah
Neelam Shirke as Soryabai
Rujuta Deshmukh as Saibai
Chaitrali Gupte as Putalabai
Prasanna Ketkar as Tanaji
Sunil Godse as Shahistekhan
Rahul Solapurkar as Baji Prabhu Deshpande
Manoj Kolhatkar as Sonopant Dabir