In Pune, social worker and Padma Shri awardee Sindhutai Sapkal has died at age 73

Born in 1931, Sindhutai Sapkal passed away at a private hospital in Pune following a heart attack on Tuesday. She was better known as Anathanchi Maye or the 'Mother of Orphans'.

At 73, Sindhutai Sapkal, a 'mother of orphans,' passed away

She had undergone a hernia surgery one-and-a-half months ago and recovery was very slow. Today she died of a heart attack around 8 pm," said Dr Shailesh Puntambekar,

Sapkal has followed more than 1,000 orphan kids over her long career and has obtained several awards for her social provider.

In 2010, a Marathi biopic of Sapkal titled 'Mi Sindhutai Sapkal Boltey' was launched in Maharashtra.

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She had received more than 750 awards for her social work. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2021, and the Ahilyabai Holkar Award in 2010 from the Maharashtra government.

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In 2010, a Marathi biopic of Sapkal titled Mi Sindhutai Sapkal Boltey was released in Maharashtra. “…for me she is still alive,” said Tejaswini Pandit, who played the role of Sindhutai in the biopic. “I am trying to come to terms with her death… She was sabki maye… a farishta (angel)…” Anant Mahadevan, director of the movie based on Sindhutai’s life, told a news channel.

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The life of Dr Sindhutai Sapkal was an inspiring saga of courage, dedication and service