Dinanath Gopal Tendulkar (1909–1972) was an Indian writer and documentary film maker. He is most well known as the author of an eight-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, titled Mahatma: Life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He was also a close associate of Vithalbhai Jhaveri and collaborated for the documentary film, Mahatma: Life of Gandhi, 1869–1948.He died on Monday, June 12 1972.
He gained international notability for writing the eight-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, titled Mahatma: Life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. In fact his most noted work is his Gandhi biography which was first published in 1951 with a foreword by the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan (third highest civilian honour in the Republic of India) decoration by the then President of India, Rajendra Prasad. He refused the award and asked for (and got) a watch instead. Tendulkar's 1967 biography of Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan – Faith is a Battle is among the few very biographies written about Gaffar Khan. He was appointed as a member of the National Book Trust of India, when it was first established in 1957. His other works include 30 months in Russia (1943), Gandhi in Champaran (1957) and Soviet Sanskriti. He has also edited two books – Jawaharlal Nehru in pictures (1967) and Gandhiji:His life and works (1944). Tendulkar was also a documentary film maker who had trained under Sergei Eisenstein in Moscow. Tendulkar and his fellow European trained film makers – P. V. Pathy and K. S. Hirlekar – are considered to be the pioneers of documentary film making in India.
^Tendulkar, Dinanath Gopal (1943). 30 months in Russia. Bombay: Karnatak Pub. House. p. 96. LCCN52049632.
^Tendulkar, Dinanath Gopal (1967). Faith is a Battle. Bombay: Popular Prakashan. p. 550. OCLC8991722.
^D. G. Tendulkar, ed. (1964). Jawaharlal Nehru in pictures. Bombay: Printed and published for the Proprietors Bennet, Coleman, by Pyarelal Sah at the Times of India Press. LCCNsa65010247. OCLC248925009.
^Tendulkar, Dinanath Gopal (1957). Gandhi in Champaran. Publications Division, Ministry of Informations and Broadcasting. p. 115. OCLC1052810.
^Tendulkar, Dinanath Gopal (1944). Gandhiji, his life and work. Bombay: Karnatak Pub. House. p. 502. OCLC220408218.
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