Dajikaka Gadgil

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Anant "Dajikaka" Gadgil
दाजीकाका गाडगीळ
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BornSeptember 11, 1915
Sangli, Bombay Presidency, British Raj
Died10 January 2014(2014-01-10) (aged 98)
Pune, Maharashtra, India
  • Jeweller
  • Industrialist
  • Writer
Known forOrganizational Founding P. N. Gadgil Jewellers & Company in Pune in 1958

Anant "Dajikaka" Gadgil (September 11, 1915 in Sangli – January 10, 2014 in Pune) was an Indian jeweller, industrialist and writer. He is best known for Organizational founder the P. N. Gadgil Jewellers & Company in Pune in 1958.[1]


Early life and family

Gadgil was born on September 11, 1915 in Sangli, to Ganesh and Yashoda Gadgil (née Mahajan), of the Gadgil Noble house (term)|gharana of Dongare-Kondhe. His mother was his father's third wife, and Gadgil had two sisters. He had three half siblings through his father's second and fifth marriages. Gadgil married Tarabai Abhyankar, and the couple had two daughters and a son. She would adopt the name Kamalabai upon marriage.[2]


Gadgil initially began work as a jeweller at the P. N. Gadgil Jewellers & Sons store in Sangli in 1938, moving to Pune to set up a branch of the family business at Roads_in_Pune#Laxmi_Road|Laxmi Road in 1958.[3] During his lifetime, he was lauded for his business acumen and philanthropic work by his contemporaries and the press,[4] most notably for surviving his business through the The Gold (Control) Act, 1968|The Gold Act of 1968, and fundraising for victims of the 1993 Latur earthquake.[5]

Gadgil was the recipient of several awards throughout his career; most notably being lauded by the Pune Municipal Corporation on several occasions, receiving the Rotary Excellence Award from the Rotary Club of Pune, and was awarded an honorary fellowship by the World Gold Council.[2][5] In 2007, he published an autobiography entitled Think Pure....[6] In 2009, he co-authored a book in Marathi language|Marathi on the Ganges river entitled Ganga.[7]

Death and legacy

Gadgil died on January 10, 2014, aged 98.[8] He was succeeded in business by his son and grandson.[9] In late 2014, the Dajikaka Gadgil Gold Musuem was opened at the P. N. Gadgil Jewellers store in Hadapsar.[10] In August 2016, he became the namesake of the Dajikaka Karandak, an inter-collegiate one-act play competition.[11]


  1. "दाजीकाका गाडगीळ". Loksatta (in मराठी). 13 January 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Joshi, P. K. (1989). Gadgil Kula-vr̥ttānta [The Gadgil Family Genealogy Almanac (Kulavruttanta)] (in मराठी). Pune. pp. 85–97.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  3. Deshpande, Renuka (11 September 2011). "Gadgil Jewellers 179-year-old journey from footpath to international showrooms". Daily News and Analysis. Pune.
  4. "P.N.Gadgil Jewellers founder 'Dajikaka' dies of old age". Saam TV. January 11, 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Juvekar, Rohan (January 10, 2014). "दाजीकाका गाडगीळ यांचे निधन". Maharashtra Times (in मराठी).
  6. Gadgil, Dajikaka (2007). Think Pure ... Ameya Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-903514-7-8.
  7. Gadgil, Dajikaka; Halic, Julian (2009). Ganga (in मराठी). Ameya Prakashan. ISBN 978-81-903514-4-7.
  8. Sawant, Rajesh (January 10, 2014). "दाजीकाका गाडगीळ यांचे वृद्धापकाळाने निधन |". Prahaar (newspaper) (in मराठी).
  9. "P N Gadgil Jewellers founder 'Dajikaka' dead". The Indian Express. 11 January 2014.
  10. "Dajikaka Gadgil Gold Museum". Museums of India. Retrieved 23 August 2021.
  11. "Second edition of Pune's Dajikaka Karandak to break language barrier". Hindustan Times. 6 August 2017.

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