Daji Bhatawadekar

Other names of Daji Bhatawadekar: Krishnachandra Moreshwar

Daji Bhatawadekar, the ‘Sangeet Natak Akademi’ winner in the year of 1965, was born on the 15th of September 1921, in the city of Mumbai in Maharashtra, at his ancestral home, The Bhatawadekar Wadi, being located at Chaarni Road, Mumbai. He completed his schooling from Arya Education Society in Mumbai. After obtaining a degree from the Wilson College, Mumbai he joined Mumbai University to do Post Graduation in Sanskrit.

Daji Bhatawadekar, who is known to have given life to the Sanskrit as well as Marathi dramatics, started his career at an office. Subsequently, his passion towards theaters made him a part of a literary organization based in Mumbai, the ‘Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh.’ From there he started scaling heights and finally ended up receiving one of the most prestigious Awards given by the Indian Govt, the ‘Padma Shri’ title, in the year 1967, for his numerous contributions to our society.

Mr. Bhatawadekar has played roles in various Hindi, English, Sanskrit as well as Marathi plays along with actors like Durga Khote, who was supposed to be one of the leading actresses of that time. Daji has also worked with great directors like Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, the Marathi writer/humorist, and Herbert Marshal, also a well-known English stage actor. He has also acted for the Brahman Sabha of Mumbai. Daji has done various roles in his life which totals up to a count of 78.

His plays include the Marathi comedy play ‘Hich Tar Premachi Khari Gammat Ahe,’ the play ‘Lagnachi Goshta,’ the very famous ‘ Macbeth’, in Marathi along with Durga Khote, P.L. Deshpande’s ‘Tuzha Ahe Tuzhpashi,’ which was one of his plays that lead to his great success in which he was given the role of Kakaji, as well as the play ‘Tochi ek Samarth.’ In the year 1993, he also appeared in the T.V serial ‘ Byomkesh Bakshi’ for two episodes.

This famous Indian theater artist has also been a part of the film ‘ Vijeta’, in the year of 1982, directed by Govind Nihalani. Being an English as well as Sanskrit scholar, Mr. Bhatwadekar has written a book on the Sanskrit theater, explaining the various “Rasa’s” as well as expressions connected with acting. In his early 70’s he took a Doctorate Degree.

It is not just the ‘Padma Shri’ Award that he has earned. Awards and titles like ‘Natya Bhushan,’ ‘Maharashtra Ratna’, ‘Kala Gaurav,’ as well as ‘Nata Samraat’ were added to his glory. He died on the 26th of December, which is observed as Dr. Daji Bhatawadekar Memorial Day in Mumbai.

Pearl Padamsee Hindi Actor

Pearl Padamsee

Pearl Padamsee, the woman always had a unique aura which always made her outstanding.She is a Indian theatre actress as well as producer and director of various English theatres in Mumbai. She was known for her gritty and strong personality which has always helped her in chasing her dream. Her mother was an Indian Jewish and father was Christian. She had a keen eye in Indian theatre and always endured in it. She began her career in theatre and always was her first love, but later she moved to films where she produced and directed many movies. As the years passed, she developed great skills and traversed her way through it and became a great director. She was famously known for her directing skills shown in musical Godspell and Rise and Fall of Arturo Ui. She created many masterpieces as she continued her journey. She married a Bengali Hindu first and has two children with him. She also had a daughter Raell Padamsee with Alyque Padamsee her second partner. She developed a very great relation with Alyque, who was always with her during her working years. She later became ambassador to Australia and also promoted the English theatre in India along with Alyque. The General audience knows her from work in Khatta Meetha, Junoon, Baton Baton me, Kama Sutra and Such A Long Story where she did some splendid work, but her real soul always lounged to theatre and thus has always served theatre with innocent hard work. She always had great admirers following her; she frequently received letters from her followers, which were always about moon and roses. Although she wrote various intense and dramatic verses, she herself was not so dramatic in her real life. She influenced a generation of people to think out of the box and always did something creative. She died of Cardiac arrest on 24th April, 2000 in Mumbai, but till the end she always had the grit to put humor on the table. She later converted herself into Christianity and was buried in a Christian cemetery in Bandra. At the end she always remembered her partner Alyque, her children Raell and Ranjit and also her beloved friend Farida Pedder. She was an idol of a woman always knew how to live life, she never held herself back in anything and thus is a real pearl of India.

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Pratik Gandhi

Prateek Gandhi is a film and theatre actor who mainly works for Gujrat theatre and cinema also known as Hollywood. He was born and brought up in Surat, Gujrat. His parents are teachers by profession. He completed his school education from Bhulka Bhavan School where he also got involved in theatre arts. Prateek’s childhood dream was to become a successful doctor, but due to low grades he opted to become Industrial Engineer in Maharashtra. After his graduation, Gandhi worked as a salesman during the day and used to work as a theatre artist by evening. He further worked in the corporate sector and got a job in National Productivity Council in Pune. Prateek found his initial stardom through the play called Aa Paar Ke Pele Paar in the year 2005; alongside Firoz Bhagat, Apra Mehta and Vipra Rawal. The show was a success and from there on Gandhi went on to work in various other Gujarati theatre shows such as Hun Chandrakant Bakshi, Master Madam, Apurva Avsar, Saat Teri Ekvees, and one Hindi play Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon. Prateek made his debut in the film industry through an English Film- Yours Emotionally in the year 2006, though the film did not receive any noticeable success. In the year 2009, Prateek married a television actress and theatre artist Bhamini Oza in a family affair wedding. In the year 2014 his wife gave birth to baby girl, and it was the same year he made his Gujarati Film debut through film ‘Bey Yaar’ directed by Abhishek Jain, where he played the character of Tino. He starred in the film alongside Manoj Joshi, Divyank Thakkar, Kavin Dave, etc. The film was successful critically and commercially and went on to complete 50 weeks in the theatre. It also became the first ever Gujarati movie to be showcased at New York Film Festival. Prateek’s contribution to theatre became noticeable when he played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in play Mohan No Masalo. Prateek even got his name included in Limca Book of Record when his play Mohan No Masalo was performed in Hindi, English and in Gujarati all in one day. In the year 2016, Prateek worked in film ‘Wrong Side Raju.’ This film also became successful in all aspects and was loved by the audience to a great deal. The film even won a National Award for being the best Gujarati Film. Last year, Prateek’s two films were released- Love Ni Bhavnai and Tamburo and both the films were successful in box office. Another Version Of Bio Added : Pratik Gandhi is an Indian actor, was born and brought up in Surat. He was involved in theatre arts during his school days at Bhulka Bhavan. Pratik dreamed of becoming a doctor but opted for Industrial Engineering in Maharashtra because of low grades in school. After graduation, he started his career as a salesman in a day and worked in the theatre in the evening. Pratik worked with National Productivity Council in Satara and worked for a multinational company in Mumbai. In 2006, started his acting career with the movie Yours Emotionally, which was co-produced by United Kingdom-Indian. In 2014, he began his Gujarati film career with the film Bey Yaar, which was directed by Abhishek Jain. He then featured in films such as Wrong Side Raju (2016), Love Ni Bhavai (2017), and Tamburo (2017). His movie Wrong Side Raju got selected to win the National Award for Best Gujarati Film. Pratik married TV and theatre actress Bhamini Ojha in 2009. The couple was blessed with a daughter born in 2014. 

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