Shivkar Bāpuji Talpade (1864-1916)was an Indian scholar who is said to have constructed and flown an unmanned airplane in 1895. Talpade lived in Bombay and was a scholar of Sanskrit literature and the Vedas.He belonged to the Pathare Prabhu community who were the early settlers of the Bombay city.
Talpade’s airplane was named Marutsakhā, derived from the Sanskrit Marut (‘air’ or ‘stream’) and sakhā (‘friend’) which together mean ‘Friend of wind’. As suggested by D. K. Kanjilal’s 1985 Vimana in Ancient India: Aeroplanes Or Flying Machines in Ancient India, as well as contemporary reports in the Marāthi-language newspaper Kesari,Marutsakhā is supposed to have been inspired from Vimāna, ancient flying-machines in Hindu mythology.
A film based on life of Talpade, Hawaizaada, starring Ayushmann Khurrana, was released on 30 January 2015.