I am very happy to hear about the nomination.
Madhuri Purandare has written and illustrated more than 23 story books including the Yash Series – a series of six books that take us into the enchanting everyday world of little Yash. Others include Radhache Ghar, Chitravachan, Hana’s Suitcase(translated into Marathi), Babachya Mishya, Aunty Jui’s Baby and The Hundred and Thirty-seventh Leg. Her books are about regular, ordinary things that children encounter in their everyday lives illustrated with great detail for small things. She has conceived and edited Vaachu Aanande – a thematic anthology of Marathi literature and Indian Art for children. She is vocal about the need for literature to be context appropriate and her stories give a ‘voice’ to children who could well be from any part of India by tackling simple issues of interest to them. She has a degree from JJ school of Arts and studied ‘Painting and Graphic Arts’ in Paris.
“An exquisite illustrator of children’s books, Madhuri Purandare has carved a special niche for herself in the world of Marathi Children’s Books. In her books there are no sermons, no talking down to children and girls are depicted in active rather than passive roles. Radha cha Ghar has been essential reading for children for decades…She has not only written books but has also illustrated them herself.”