Uddhav J. Shelke (1931–1992) was born in Hinganghat in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. After his school education, he joined the Amravati daily, Hindustan, as associate editor. Then he moved to Tapovan, Dr Shivajirao Patwardhan’s colony for people affected with leprosy where he worked as proof-reader, compositor and finally manager of the printing press. He won himself a place in the Marathi literary canon with his first novel, Dhag.
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