Aravind Ganachari Former Professor and Head, Department of History, University of Mumbai.
Aravind Ganachari received the post-graduation (1972) and doctoral degrees from Bombay (now Mumbai) University. Prior to joining the University in 2000, he was an Associate Professor with Government of Maharashtra’s I. Y. College for 28 years. He became Professor in 2008 and after being in the teaching profession for 42 years, he retired from Mumbai University’s History Department as a Professor & Head in April 2013.
Dr Aravind has published three books so far—Gopal Ganesh Agarkar: The Secular Rationalist Reformer (2005), Nationalism and Social Reform in a Colonial Situation (2005) and Gopal Ganesh Agarkar: Buddhipramanyavadi Vicharwant ani Thor Samajsudharak (Marathi, 2016). He has published more than 40 articles in national and international journals and volumes, participated in many international conferences at the University of Georgia, Ontario, CA; Simon Frazer University, British Columbia, CA; and University of Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK. His research interests include articles written on a variety of subjects such as intellectual history, sedition, social history, Gandhian philosophy and cultural history which includes proscribed Marathi Theatre. He worked with Dr Aroon Tikekar as Research Associate for writing sesquicentennial history of the Mumbai University. He has also worked for more than 15 years as ‘Advisor/ Expert’ on the Archives Committee of the Government of Maharashtra. He is also associated with many official bodies of Government of India’s HRD ministry.
He is now working on a book entitled Staging the Nation: Marathi Theatre’s Encounters with Colonial State.