Pune: "Now, we will meet Madhukar Keshav Dhavalikar only through his books and research work and it is a great loss to the entire world and world of archeology," said Archaeologist and Chancellor of Deccan College Deemed University GB Deglurkar.
While talking to Sakal Times after the demise of world-renowned archaeologist Padmashri MK Dhavalikar (87) in Pune on Tuesday, Deglurkar said, “He was my colleague at Deccan College and we knew each other for last 50 years. A very friendly person among his friend circle, his excavation work at Inam village near Pune turned out to be an important case study in terms of archeology."
"He received a gold medal from then prime minister Manmohan Singh for his exemplary work in archeology,” said Deglurkar.
Late Dhavalikar's another colleague at Deccan College Shrikant Bahulkar said, “We knew each other for 40 years and besides being an able administrator, he never missed his research or writing schedule and he never had any pending work on his desk."
"A great orator who would dispel the hard archaeological terms in simple colloquial language, Deglurkar's work on environment and culture showed that Sindhu tradition was effaced not due to any foreign attack but due to the changing environment pattern," added Bahulkar.
He had a very good command over Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit languages and would carry out his work very meticulously. This was evident when he completed writing about the cultural history of Mumbai in a record time of two years," said Bahulkar.
"He inspired many generations of students who turned towards archaeology," said Bahulkar. Associate professor at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth Manisha Bhalerao is one such example. She said, “Many of the students of Dhavalikar sir were my neighbours and through them only I came to know about the branch."
"Although I was not his student, he advised me to take only one cave for my doctoral research when I told him that I would like to research on all 12 caves present in the State," said Bhalerao.
She said, “He was the only person who received Tagore National Fellowship for two years and he completed the given task of researching and writing down the cultural history of Mumbai within two years."
"Extremely disciplined in his professional and personal life, his in-depth research in archaeology and allied branches is one of its kind. He would get up at 5 am and spend two hours in writing. A fitness freak, he continued swimming till recently," said Bhalerao.
"An excellent teacher he knew the knack of how to make difficult subjects interesting," added Bhalerao.
Shrinand Bapat, registrar at Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) said, “I worked with Dhavalikar at the Brihan Maharashtra Prachvidya Parishad as an associate editor during the 'Pariyushan Kalptaru', project. He was particular that whatever work is done must get published and its credit given to that particular person. A very warm and friendly nature, I never felt any kind of pressure while working with him.”