Prakash Amte Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Father: Baba Amte
Hometown: Anandawana, Maharashtra
Age: 71 Years

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Full Name Prakash Baba Amte
Profession Social worker
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 173 cm
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet inches– 5’ 8”
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Salt & Pepper
Career
Awards, Honours, Achievements 1984: Awarded Adivasi Sevak Award from the Government of Maharashtra, India
2002: Honoured with Padma Shri award by the Government of India
2008: He jointly received Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership with his wife, Mandakini Amte
2009: Awarded Godfrey Philips Lifetime Achievement Award
2012: Received Lokmanya Tilak Award Jointly with Dr. Vikas Amte (his brother)
2014: Awarded Mother Teresa Awards for Social Justice
Personal Life
Date of Birth 26 December 1948 (Sunday)
Age (as in 2019) 71 Years
Birthplace Anandawana, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India
Zodiac sign/Sun sign Capricorn
Nationality Indian
Hometown Anandawana, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India
College/University Government Medical College (Nagpur)
Educational Qualification M.B.B.S. MS General Surgery
Religion Hinduism
Hobbies Reading, Cycling, Listening To Radio
Relationships & More
Marital Status Married
Family
Wife/Spouse Mandakini Amte (Doctor, Social Worker)
Prakash Amte with his wife
Children Son(s)– Dr. Digant Amte, Aniket Amte
Daughter– Arti Amte
Prakash Amte with his family

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Parents Father– Baba Amte
Mother– Sadhana Tai Amte
Prakash Amte's parents
Siblings Brother– Vikas Amte (Doctor, Social Worker)
Sister– None
Prakash Amte's brother, Vikas Amte

Prakash Amte

Some Lesser Known Facts About Prakash Amte

  • Prakash Amte is the son of Magsaysay awardee, Baba Amte (Social Worker).

    Prakash Amte with his parents and wife

    Prakash Amte with his parents and wife

  • When Prakash was studying M.S., the Government of Maharashtra granted land to Lok Biradari Prakalp (a social organisation founded by his father in 1973). Prakash left his study to take the legacy of his father of social work and moved to Hemalkasa along with his family.
  • Lok Biradari Prakalp includes a school, a hospital, and an animal orphanage. The institution works for the development of Madia Gond, situated in Hemalkasa. Amte lived there without electricity for almost 20 years and even executed some major emergency surgeries without electricity.

    Prakash Amte treating tribals

    Prakash Amte treating tribals

  • In 1995, a postage stamp was issued by the Principality of Monaco in the honour of Prakash and Mandakini.
  • Amte founded an animal park, Animal Ark, which is a wildlife orphanage and sanctuary. It is basically for those animals whose parents were killed by the tribal people to fulfil their need for food and not for entertainment.
  • The story behind opening the ‘Animal Ark’ is based on Amte’s real-life experience: Once Amte and his wife were walking through the Dandarayana forest when they had an encounter with some Gond tribals accompanied by a dead and an alive baby monkey. On being asked, the tribal group told Amte that they hunt to feed their community. Amte bartered the alive baby monkey with some rice and clothes. He named the baby monkey, Babli and that’s how Babli went on to become the first of the residents of the Animal Ark.
  • Today, Animal Ark shelters many wild animals like leopards, jackals, jungle cats, rhesus macaques, sloth bears, rat-tail langurs, blackbuck antelopes, four-horned antelopes, rat snakes, crocodiles, Indian pythons, etc.

    Prakash Amte with leopards at Animal Ark

    Prakash Amte with leopards at Animal Ark

  • On being asked about the safety measures of Amte’s family, he stated that,

    I have interacted with these animals for 44 years and I have felt their love and affection. Also, I am still alive.

  • Prakash holds great love and trust for the Adivasis of the jungles of Hemalkasa. He still continues to repair their watches and radios.
  • In 2014, a biopic, ‘Dr. Prakash Baba Amte: The Real Hero’ was made on Amte’s life, starring Nana Patekar and Sonali Kulkarni.
  • In November 2017, his license to house the wild animals got expired which he obtained in 1991. It is against the wildlife protection laws for Prakash to house the animals until the license gets renewed.
  • In 2018, he appeared in the game reality show, Kaun Banega Crorepati along with his wife.
  • Prakashvata which means Pathways to Light is Prakash Amte’s autobiography. He has also authored the book, Raanmitra (Jungle Friends), in which he has shared his experiences with his “wild friends.”

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