Prakash Amte is a well-known doctor and social activist. He was born on 24 December 1948 in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. His father, Baba Amte, was a renowned social activist. His mother’s name was Sadhana Tai Amte. He completed his graduation in MBBS. From Government Medical College, Nagpur, he completed his post-graduation in Surgery. During college, he fell in love with
, and the couple married in December 1974.
Amte left his studies to manage his father’s organization - Lok Biradari Prakalp, a Project of the People's Brotherhood. The organisation is in Hemalkasa village, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra. For 20 years, Amte and his wife operated a school, hospital, and animal orphanage, offering medical facilities after putting in continuous efforts. He established Animal Ark, a park for orphan animals.
Amte's dedication has won many accolades. In 2002, he was awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India. He received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2008 for his community leadership. In 1995, acknowledging their unwavering commitment, the Principality of Monaco released a postage stamp to appreciate their efforts. The government of Maharashtra lauded him with the Adivasi Sevak Award. 2014, he was honoured with the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice.
In 2019, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR). In 2014,
portrayed Prakash Amte in the movie Dr. Prakash Baba Amte: The Real Hero, which depicted their story. Amte wrote his autobiography Prakashwata. His other books include Ranmitra, Alokit Path. A documentary named "Divine Messengers" has been produced to showcase his efforts. He featured on TEDx.