Anutai Wagh was one of the pioneers of pre-school education in India. She was the professional colleague of Tarabai Modak. She along with Modak pioneered a programme whose curriculum was indigenous, used low cost teaching aids and was aimed at holistic development of the participants. A. D. N. Bajpai[who?] describes her as a "towering social reformer" She was a recipient of the 1985 Jamnalal Bajaj Award.