Born on March 10, 1929 in Vengurla, Sindhudurg district in Maharashtra, he received a Master of Arts degree in Marathi and Sanskrit from the University of Bombay. He taught Marathi at Ruia College for some years, and then during the 1970–1990 period served as an editor at the US Information Service, both in Mumbai.
Along with poets Vinda Karandikar and Vasant Bapat, Padgaonkar was part of many poetry recitation programs that were held in Maharashtra in 1960s and 1970s. He has also written lyrics of many Marathi film songs.
Sung by Arun Date, his songs 'Ya Janmawar, Ya Jaganyawar Shatada Prem Karawe', 'Bhatukalichya Khelamadhali' and 'Shukratara Mand Wara' are well known.
In 1983-84, he also penned University of Pune's theme song "Punyamayee De Amha Akshar Vardaan". It was Pu La Deshpande who had asked Padgaonkar to write this song in one
It was then composed by music director Bhaskar Chandavarkar. In 2012, he was also honored with 'Jeevan Sadhana Gaurav Puraskar' by University of Pune for his contributions in the field of literature.


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