Ashwini Ekbote was also known as Ashwini Katkar. She was an Indian screen actress and classical dancer who worked mainly in Marathi theatre. On March 22, 1972, she was born in Solapur, Maharashtra, India. She completed her studies at Pune, Maharashtra. Her brother is a film and stage actor. She married Pramod Ekbote, a senior radio technician. He has been working with the Pune Fire Brigade for the past twenty-five years. They have a son named Subhankar, who also has a career in the film industry. Her son has marked his acting debut with the Marathi film Mantr.
Ashwini Ekbote started her acting career in the Marathi theatre. At the beginning of her career, she was active in cultural activities, especially plays and dance. Also, she was a trained Bharatnatyam dancer she had performed in Australia & Sydney to a houseful audience. It helped in making her career in the acting world. She was also running a dance academy. She was famous for the Marathi plays Eka Kshanaat, Nandi, and Tya Tighanchi Gosht. Then, she headed to the television world, where she had been part of several regional language-based entertainment shows. In 2013, she appeared in the Marathi serial “
,” directed by Deepak Nalawade, and aired on the Star Pravah channel. In the serial, she portrayed the role of Bhupati’s mother. This was then followed by other television serials, like
Radha Hi Bawari
, Arundhati, Unch Majha Jhoka,
Man Udhan Varyache
, Fu Bai Fu, etc.
She marked her film debut with “Akleche Kande” in 2001. Soon Ashwini Ekbote got the opportunity to do Marathi films, such as Bhulwa (2007), Kshan Ha Mohacha (2008), Cofee Ani Barach Kahi (2015), Baware Prem He (2017), Debu, Taptapadi (2014), and many more. Besides, she had also acted in a Hindi film “Ek Pal Pyaar Ka.” She portrayed the vital role of the protagonist’s motivating mother in the movie Mumbai Time. Her last movie was “
,” co-starring actor
. Ashwini Ekbote lived for 44 years and died on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Pune, Maharashtra. She suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed on stage while performing an act at Bharat Natya Mandir in Sadashiv Peth, Pune. She was a versatile artist and remembered for her splendid performances in films, theatre, and television.