Born on 21 July 1930 in the village of Nigade in Pune district of Maharashtra, Shri
Ramachandra Dhere is a versatile scholar who has contributed to many fields of learning
relating to Maharashtra’s lokayata traditions. The University of Pune conferred on him a
D. Litt. in 1980 for four volumes of writings in Marathi: Chakrapani, Lajjagauri, Santa
Sahitya ani Loka Sahitya: Kahee Anubandha (Literature of Saints and Folk Literature: Some
Related Themes), and Maharashtracha Devhara (The Shrines of Maharashtra).
Shri Dhere’s wide-ranging work illuminates the performance traditions of Maharashtra by reference to their religious, literary and social bases. Bharatiya Rangabhoomichya Shodhat (In Search of Indian Theatre) is one among his books focusing specifically on the performing arts. In all, Shri Dhere has edited or contributed to more than a hundred scholarly works including Shri Vitthal: Ek Mahasamanvay (Rise of a Folk God: Shri Vitthal), Shri Tulja Bhavani, Karveernivasini Shri Mahalakshmi, Shri Venkatesh, Lokadaivatanche Vishwa (The World of Folk Deities), and Lokasanskrutiche Upasak (Workshippers of Folk Culture).
Shri Ramachandra Dhere has been honoured by the Asiatic Society, Mumbai, with its Campbell Gold Medal, and by Deccan College, Pune, with an honorary D. Litt. Besides nine awards of the Government of Maharashtra, Shri Dhere is a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi Award.
Shri Ramachandra Chintaman Dhere receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Tagore Award for his contribution to scholarship in the performing arts.