Indian social worker, Padma Shri awardee Sindhutai Sapkal has died in Pune.
The 74-year-old breathed her last at the Galaxy Care Hospital in Pune today. She was admitted to the hospital more than a month ago. She died of heart attack at 8.10 pm, today.
Sapkal, who was popularly referred to as “Mai”, ran an orphanage - Sanmati Bal Niketan Sanstha - in Pune near Hadapsar. Sapkal had adopted more than 1,000 orphan children over her long career and has received several awards for her social service.
In 2010, a Marathi biopic of Sapkal titled 'Mi Sindhutai Sapkal Boltey' was released in Maharashtra.