Posted on 28 May, 2016 by Team Wishberry
That Marathi theatre is a treasure trove of great content and greater talent is no hidden fact. In addition to the unique and timeless storylines, it’s the acting that ends up leaving such a lasting mark on anyone who watches it. Today, we take a look at some of the most talented actors of Marathi theatre.
Shriram Lagoo A list of awesome Marathi theatre actors that doesn’t mention Sriram Lagoo or Dilip Prabhavalkar is basically a joke. Sriram was in medical school when he was bitten by the theatre bug. However, by 1969 he moved to theatre completely. He shot to fame with him role in Natasamrat, and has since maintained a repertoire of timeless works in plays such as Vedyache Ghar Unhat, Gidhade, Kanyadaan, Sundar Mi Honaar and Mitra.
Dilip Prabhavalkar Dilip Prabhavalkar has left an indelible mark in experimental as well as commercial Marathi theatre, and has built a body of work that’s across all genres from family drama to comedy to social plays. He’s most fondly remembered for his role in Lobh Nasava Hi Vinanti, Prem Kahani, Chook Bhool Dyavi Ghyavi, Ghar Tighancha Hava among many others. He played a double role of that of a man and his mother in law in Pradeep Dalvi’s farce Vasuchi Sasu, another double role in Kalam 302 and a stunning six characterizations in Hasvaphasvi.
Nilu Phule Nilu Phule passed away in 2009, but left behind a timeless legacy in Marathi theatre. His drama Katha Akalecha Kandyachi went on to have over 2000 shows. He is remembered fondly for his performance in plays like Sakharam Binder where he played the role of the protagonist.
Kavita Lad Kavita Lad is widely popular among Marathi film and TV fans, but her work in theatre is just as remarkable. She has worked in superhit plays such as Eka Laganachi Goshta, Sundar Mi Honar and Char Divas Premache alongside some of the best actors in Marathi theatre.
Rohini Hattangadi A known face across theatre, film and television, Rohini Hattangadi’s talent transcends pretty much all languages. She started Awishkar Theatre Group in Mumbai, which went on to not only produce more than 150 plays, but also establish itself as one of the most prominent Marathi theatre groups. She won the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2004 for her stellar contribution to Indian theatre.
Mukta Barve Although she’s now established as a film and TV actress, Mukta started off with theatre and left quite a mark on the scene. Her first commercial play was Aamhala Vegle Vhayache in 2001. Some of her most acclaimed plays include Final Draft, Chhapa Kata and Kabbadi Kabbadi.
Suhas Joshi Suhas Joshi started her career way back in 1972, with the play Barrister. In the span of her long theatre career, she has acted in some truly memorable plays such as Sai Paranjpye’s Sakkhe Shejari and Vijay Tendulkar’s Kanyadaan which performed more than 200 shows. Her other noteworthy play includes Smriti Chitre where she performs a monologue in 3-4 voices, including male voices!
Prashant Damle No list of Marathi stage actors is complete without a mention of Prashant Damle, who is considered to be one of the most notable actors in the scene. His career in Marathi theatre spans over 33 years. He has won several prestigious awards such as the Maharashtra State Award (five times), Akhil Bharatiya Natya Parishad (twice) and the Natyadarpan Award. Some of his most memorable plays are Tur Tur, Maharashtrachi Lokdhara, Brahmachari, Lagnachi Gosht, Gela Madhav Kunikade among many more.
Anand Alkunte Anand Alkunte’s journey with Marathi theatre goes back to 1991 when he joined a summer theatre workshop where he acted in a one-act play ‘Sadu and Dadu’. The following year, he he joined the Progressive Dramatic Association at the age of 16. Since then there has been no looking back. He made his mark in theatre with Hindi plays such as Lakeerein and Atthanniya as well as Marathi plays like Kabbadi-Kabbadi, Prema Tuza Rang Kasa and Jaswandi.
Isn’t Marathi theatre an ocean brimming with immense talent? Who’s your favourite theatre actor? Tell us!