Mumbai: Prolific Marathi author and writer Ratnakar Matkari passed away at the age of 81. Matkari passed on at a hospital in suburban Marol on late Sunday night, a BMC official said. Matkari had tested coronavirus positive last week, the official said.

From story books for kids to plays, his work in Marathi literature was phenomenal. “His immense contribution in various forms such as plays, short stories, novels has enriched the world of Marathi literature,” Thackeray said. Veteran Marathi writer and playwright Ratnakar Matkari has died, family sources said on Monday. Matkari was considered a pioneer of the children’s drama movement in Marathi.

In his condolence message, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, We have lost a precious gem from the world of literature. He wrote for children and for grown-ups as well.” Thackeray added, “His immense contribution in various forms such as plays, short stories, the novel has enriched the world of Marathi literature.”