Goda Evangelist:

Shilpa Dahake 

I am an architect turned anthropologist. After finishing my Masters in Anthropology from University of Pune, I was working with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune under a project funded by UNICEF and Integrated Child Development Scheme, Government of Maharashtra. During which I was stationed in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra (which is predominantly a tribal region) as a Field Research officer. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India. My current research explores the interaction of the cultural-religious, the political-economic and the ecological dimensions of the river in Nashik city in Maharashtra. Broadly, investigating how the multiple perspectives of a natural resource overlap, contradict, challenge and support each other, thus shaping the urban landscape and producing socio-spatial inequalities.


Nilesh Gawde  

I am a Software Engineer turned research photographer. I have worked for more than a decade in software industry in senior management. Left IT career to pursue passion in Photography. Currently, I am based in Nashik as a Professional Industrial, Architectural, Heritage and Research Photographer. Also, I founder director of an Shikshanaayan Foundation, registered under Societies and Trust Acts, working in the field of Education, Youth Empowerment, Heritage Documentation and Nature Conservation.

Amol Padhye

I am a post graduate in Management with a specialization in Marketing and Human Behavioral Analysis. In addition, I am a student of Psychology and Spirituality. I am working as a counselor in some institutions. Currently, I am manufacturing and marketing Sustainable Household Cleaning Products, Disposable Utensils, Organic Food And other Organically Cultivated Products in Nashik and its vicinity. Apart from this, I am an activist in the field of Linguistic Equality in India. I am also associated with Anubandhmarathi Pratishthan which is studying and documenting Marathi as a Dravidian language. I also pursue farming and as a farmer, I practice farming on the basis of sustainable organic methodologies. Further, I am breeding Indian cows, working in the field of scientific cow breeding, and manufacturing various gavya products. For the manufacturing of the various products mentioned above, I am training and working with the groups of women in my village. Through this process, I am working for their overall sustainability. ‘Reconnecting with Godavari’ has my participation as I am closely associated with Godavari and feel that individualistic approach towards rivers can really change the fate of all water bodies.

Friends of Goda:


Nashik: Chetan Rajapurkar, Satish Goriwale, Swaroop Dawkhare, Dr. Niwedita Khot Dandgavhal, Dr. Sandeep Bhanose, Suhas Pawar, Milind Pagare, Umesh Nagare, Uday Thorat, Pooja Nilesh Gaidhani, Nilesh Gaidhani, Yogesh Shastri, Amit Deode, Mahesh Shirsath, Ramesh Juannare, Subhash Pagare, Vaibhav Kirti Chandrkant Datrange

Kopargaon: Mrs. Madhumalti Joshi (Goda Evangelist and Convener for Kopargaon), Nandakishor Joshi

Lasalgaon: Sanjay Birar, Indraneel Khandare



Mrs. Madhumalti Nandkishor Joshi

She is a housewife by profession, and a river researcher. In 2007, she began her journey of documenting the whole course of the River Godavari, from its origin Trimbakeshwar till it reaches the Bay of Bengal at Rajmahadry. Based on her this research and experience, she wrote a book called “Mi Gautami Godavari”. The book is in the form a biography of Godavari, describing several human outlooks towards herself. Further, she has won several awards for this book like Poet Anant Phandi Award from Indian Historical Research Committee (Sangamner), State-level Award in the environmental writing category from Shree Sant Bhumi Kala Krida Partishthan (Pathardi), Kopargaon Bhushan, and Chanyati Gaurav Pruskar (Pune).