Padmabhushan Pandit Shripad Damodar Satwalekar was an author, proponent of Surya Namaskar, and Vedic values. He was also the founder of the Swadhyay Mandal.


Shripad Satwalekar was born in 1867, at Kolgaon, District Ratnagiri in the erstwhile Bombay State, India. Satwalekar started his career as an artist and photographer with a studio in Lahore, Punjab State. His mainly painted portraits of Maharajas and other prominent personalities of the day.[1] He moved to the Princely State of Aundh with a strong patronage offered by the then Maharaja of the State.

Satwalekar was a follower of Indian Nationalist Leader, Lokamanya Tilak and attended the Surat Congress session in 1905. He supported Gadar and Home Rule movements and activities of Quit India movement. For this he was prosecuted on many occasions by the then British Raj authorities.

He was interested in both individual and social health, Ayurved, Yoga,and Vedas [2] and wrote several books on these subjects.[citation needed]

Satwalekar was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1968.[3]

Sanskrit Swam Shikshak ( संस्कृत स्वयं-शिक्षक ) is a book written by Shripad Damodar Satwalekar for Sanskrit self learning in Hindi.


Satwalekar's son, Madhav Satwalekar was also a renowned painter and artist in his own right.


  1. ^ Ramaswamy, Sumathi (2009-01-01). The Goddess and the Nation: Mapping Mother India. Duke University Press. pp. 24, 25, 378. ISBN 9780822391531. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ YajurVed Title: Vaidika vyakhyana mala Author: Satwalekar, Shripad Damodar, 1873?- Volume: 2 Subject: Vedas Publisher: Pra Svdhyya Maala Language: Hindi Call number: AAA-7707 Digitizing sponsor: University of Toronto Book contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto
  3. ^ "Year-Wise List" (PDF). Padma Awards Directory (1954-2011). Ministry of Home Affairs (India). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.