Sindhutai Sapkal Wiki, Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Sindhutai Sapkal

Sindhutai Sapkal was an Indian social worker who worked for the welfare of thousands of orphaned children. He has received over 270 national and international awards including the Nari Shakti Award from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. On January 4, 2022, he died of cardiac arrest in Pune, Maharashtra.

Wiki / Bio

Sindhutai Sapkal was born on Sunday, November 14, 1948 (73 years old; at the time of death) in the village of Pimpri Meghe, Wardha, Central and Berar provinces, Dominion of India (present-day Maharashtra, India). His zodiac sign was Scorpio. She grew up in a poor family and was forced to live in poverty and have family responsibilities. She married at the age of ten to a person who was 20 years older than her. At that time, she was on the fourth level. During his studies, he used Bharadi sheets to write, as his family could not afford a blackboard. There were conflicts between his father and mother about his studies. Her mother does not want her to study, but her father wanted to educate her. So her father sent her to school without knowing her mother, who thought she had gone to graze the cattle. After her marriage, she moved to Nawargaon village, Seloo in Wardha, where her husband always used to abuse her. At age 20 she was abandoned by her husband. At that time she was pregnant. Then she gave birth to a girl. In an interview, he recalled,

“I cut the umbilical cord with a sharp-edged stone that was nearby.”

He once thought about committing suicide when his mother did not allow him to enter her home. He then began begging on the streets and railway platforms in Chikhaldara in the Amravati district of Maharashtra. She also took refuge in cemeteries and stables out of concern for her daughter’s safety. At that time, he saw many orphaned children lying on the streets and on the train platforms begging for alms. Then she adopted them and begged more rigorously to feed them. This became his life’s mission. To eliminate the feeling of partiality between her biological daughter and her adopted children, she donated her son to the trust of Shrimant Dagdu Sheth Halwai in Pune, Maharashtra. His own daughter runs an orphanage in Maharashtra. In an interview, she said:

“I had no one with me, they all abandoned me. He knew the pain of being alone and not being loved. He didn’t want anyone to go through the same thing. And I feel immense pride and pleasure to see that some of my children are doing so well in their lives. One of my sons made a documentary about my life ”.

Physical appearance

Height (approx.): 5 ′ 3 ″

Hair color: Salt and pepper

Eye color: Dark brown

Sindhutai Sapkal


Fathers and brothers

His father’s name is Abhimanyu Sathe and he was a cow herder. Not much information is available about his mother and siblings.

Husband and children

Sindhutai Sapkal is married to Shrihari Sapkal when she was ten years old. The couple is blessed with a daughter named Mamta Sapkal.

Daughter of Sindhutai Sapkal

Daughter of Sindhutai Sapkal

She has also adopted a son whose name is Deepak Gaekwad.

Deepak Gaikwad

Deepak Gaikwad


Sindhutai Sapkal follows the Hindu religion.

Work for Adivasi

When she was in Chikhaldara, a tiger conservation project was underway in that city that resulted in the evacuation of 84 tribal villages. Sindhutai decided to fight the evacuation and bring the villagers back to their native lands. During that course, he met the then Minister of Forests, Chhedilal Gupta. Chhedilal agreed that he will not displace the villagers until they are provided with an alternative land.

Work for orphans

She established her first Ashram in Chikaldara, Amravati in 1970. She also opened her first NGO called Savitribai Phule Girls Hostel, which was registered in Chikaldara. He then ran an orphanage called Sanmati Bal Niketan Sanstha, in the Hadapsar area of ​​Pune. She also has many other social organizations in Maharashtra.

Sindhutai Sapkal with orphaned children

Sindhutai Sapkal with orphaned children

Awards, honors, achievements

  • Shivlila Mahila Gaurav Award
  • 1996 – Dattak Mata Purskar, awarded by the non-profit Sunita Kalaniketan Trust
  • 2008 – Women of the Year Award, awarded by the Marathi newspaper Loksatta
  • 2010 – Ahilyabai Holkar Award, awarded by the Government of Maharashtra to social workers in the field of women’s and children’s welfare
  • 2012 – COEP Gaurav Puraskar, taught by the Pune College of Engineering
  • 2012 – Real Heroes Awards, awarded by CNN-IBN and the Reliance Foundation
  • 2013 – National Award to the Iconic Mother
  • 2013 – Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice
  • 2014 – Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize
  • 2016 – Wockhardt Foundation Social Worker of the Year Award
  • 2016 – Honorary Doctorate from Dr DY Patil College of Engineering, Pune
  • 2017 – Nari Shakti Puraskar from the President of India
    Sindhutai Sapkal receives the Nari Shakti Puruskar from President of India Ram Nath Kovind in 2017

    Sindhutai Sapkal received the Nari Shakti Puruskar from President of India Ram Nath Kovind in 2017

  • 2021 – Padma Shri for the Government of India in 2021 in the Social Work category


Sindhutai Sapkal died due to cardiac arrest on January 4, 2022 at 8:10 pm at the Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune, Maharashtra.

Facts / Trivia

  • When she was abandoned by her husband, she still struggled against exploitation by rural women collecting cow dung in the forest department.
  • While in the cemetery, he saw a burning corpse. After the last rites of the corpse, a little wheat flour remained. He scooped up that flour and kneaded it. Then he baked the roti in the fire that consumed the corpse.
  • When she was 70 years old, her husband approached her and said he was ready to accept her. But at that time, Sindhutai told her that she was ready to accept him too, but as a son, since now she is just a mother. She would only accept him as her eldest son!
  • On November 24, 2021, she was operated on for a large diaphragmatic hernia. After a few days of his surgery, he developed a lung infection and took his last breath on January 4, 2021. Upon his death, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:

    “Sindhutai Sapkal will be remembered for her noble service to society. Thanks to his efforts, many children were able to have a better quality of life. He also did a lot of work among underserved communities. Sorrowful for his disappearance. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti “.

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said:

    “The news of Sindhutai’s death is shocking. She maternally cared for thousands of orphaned children. In his sudden death, an inspiring personality from the field of social work has been taken away from him. ” NCP chief Sharad Pawar said: “The kind of social work that Sindhutai has done will inspire generations to come.” Former CM Ashok Chavan said: “Sindhutai herself faced a difficult life, but worked tirelessly to improve the lives of orphaned and abandoned children. His life is a source of inspiration for millions ”.

  • On October 30, 2010, a Marathi film inspired by the life of Sindhutai Sapkal was released which was called ‘Mee Sindhutai Sapkal’. In the movie, Tejaswini Pandit has played the role of Sindhutai Sapkal. After Sindhutai’s disappearance, the actress said

    “I’m trying to accept her death … She was sabki maye … a farishta (angel) …”

    Mee Sindhutai Sapkal movie poster

    Mee Sindhutai Sapkal movie poster

  • Based on his life, an author named DB Mahajan published an autobiography entitled ‘Aamchi Mai’ on January 1, 2015.