Pratibh...Insight of a genius

 Editing is one of the important areas of Dr.Dhere's work; it is also an important outcome of his approach towards research.

   He has edited ample and varied mediaeval and ancient literary volumes. He has more than 40 such edited works to his creit.There is a lot of variety - it includes various types of literatures like bakhars, biographies, narrative poetries, champoos, gathas, Padaavalis, Balkreeda etc.

   These edited works are exemplary in revealing his astute and multifaceted studies. While editing works of a particular researcher, Dr.Dhere does not just dwell on mere compilation. He understands the cultural backdrop and influences on the author thereby appraising the said creation in a timeless (and time bound as well!).'-His editing of 'Vaarasa'-a compilation of articles written by historian and student of literary arts, Mr.V.L.Bhave is perhaps the best example.Also,'Harivarada'(1958-1962) volumes of Bhagawat teeka, composed by a sage krishnaDayarnava, also demonstrates the same quality.

    In fact, ancient and mediaeval literary creations can not (and should not be) be merely viewed in isolation with respect to just its creator and the creation. Instead, they bear a tremendous impact of a social ethos, which was essentially dominated by religion. In all the volumes edited by Dr.Dhere, these impacts and socio-cultural contexts keep on appearing at the relevant points. 'Adynapatra'(1960) and Shiv-Digvijay (1975),two of his edited works along with explaining the social and cultural context, also definitively comment on the statesmanship and governance of the king; and extend the meaning of these creations in a timeless manner.

   'SubhadraSwayamvar (1967), Rukminiswayamvar(1965) Shreekrishnacharitra (1972), Mahikavati chi bakhar(1973) or Martandvijay(1975) are some of the models Dr.Dhere's astute editing.

    Dr.Dhere's editing also hosts yet another valuable quality-his hard core analysis of the original script (samhita).His discussion on the standard chapters in the original script, their corrupt forms,-also his observations on the reductions of the original script is beaming and it broadens the readers' understanding of the ancient literary works.

   One can not label Dr.Dhere as just a historian, or a student of literary arts, or just an analyst of cultures. He is of course all these. But in addition, his being a student of religion, folk lore, archaeology, has always aided him. This has made his thinking of the ancient literatures broad, enriched, and multifaceted instead of being unilateral. 'The Balkreeda' by Murarimalla is an appropriate example.

   It was Dr.Dhere ,who first brought into light the volume'Shdjatstahl' composed by Visoba Khechar-a contemporary saint of Dyaneshwar.While editing it,Dr.Dhere has offered a mesmerizing unraveling of the ancient cultural ethos of Maharashtra.

   Truely, edited works of Dr.Dhere deserve the treatment of a separate volume. The reason being his style which not just corroborates the internal links within a volume, but offers a new meaning from it-with respect to the socio-cultural surrounding of that creation.

As of today, it is near to impossible to find a parallel to him in Maharashtra, with an equal editing ability and genius.