Mate (born 1930, in Poons), educated at the Sir Parashuram College and the University,
Poona,took the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in History.
Scholar of the Deccan College under Dr, H. D. Sankalia, he did valuable research into the
Architecture of the Maratha period. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1957 and joined the Sir
Parashuram College as a Lecturer in History, Later he moved to the Deccan College where he
has been handling Ancient Indian History (Art and Architecture).
Shri Mate was always interested in architectural monuments and undertook a study
of those built by the Muslim rulers in Deccan, the medieval period claiming his special
attention. He was also an active participant in various archaeological explorations and
excavations conducted by the Deccan College, chief amongst them-being those at Nevasa and
Ahar near Udaipur.
Shri Mate's thesis entitled 'Maratha Architecture', the first comprehensive and
scientific study of the tectonic activities of the Marathas, has been published by the
Poona University and the University Grass Commission. His other work, published by the
Government of Maharashtra, is Antiquities of Nevasa', written in colla- boration with Dr.
He has also contributed many articles to Marathi
journals on topics connected with Archaeology. Archaeology is in Shri Mate's blood and,
still in the prime of youth, the promise he gives of enriching the fund of knowledge in
the subject, is indeed big.