Nanasaheb Shirgopikar

2nd April 1920 ----------- Death:

Nanasaheb Shirgopikar had inherited the dramatic art from his father, Annasaheb Shirgopikar who had set up Anand Natak Mandli of children actors in 1923.

The 2 plays, ‘Sonyachi Dwarka’ and ‘Gokulcha Chor’ had 2000 to 3000 shows to the company’s credit. Nanasaheb was well-versed with different fine arts.

On having completed studies, he joined his father’s drama group and proved to be a very able manger. A well-kept account was his specialty. In 1956, after his father’s demise, Nana efficiently held the reins of the company. From 1962, he changed the form of the company and put up plays such as’ ‘Ekkhadyache Nasheeb’, ‘Navmichi Ratra’ and ‘Chandanachi Peti’.

These plays, which were in a typical style, did not benefit the company much. Nanasaheb turned to mythological plays once again and produced ‘Bhav Tochi Dev’ on 30th May 1964.

The play was a stupendous success. Trick scenes played a major role in his plays. Nanasaheb staged ‘Parikshepoorvi Sat Ratri’, a different type of play.

By 1970, he had got well-settled in the profession and in collaboration with Lalit Kaladarsha produced a play entitled ‘Shabbas Birbal Shabas’.

The highlight of the play was the big, life-size elephant that used to appear on the stage as a result of a trick scene.

1972 saw the production of ‘Geeta Gati Dyaneshwar’ and the collaboration with Chandralekha witnessed the recantation of ‘Sonyachi Dwarka’.

Nanasaheb and Tondwalkar together produced ‘Pativrata’ in 1983.

Nanasaheb was a remarkable personality on the Marathi stage that tasted success by producing several mythological plays the secret of which lay in trick scenes.

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Bharat Natya Sanshodhan Mandir
1924 Auditorium
1970 Pandal Theater
Full-Fledged Theater Complex

The Auditorium

Bharat Natya Samshodhan Mandir  - The Auditorium

The auditorium was just a small hall in 1924 that was turned into a pandal theater in 1970, and after 1970 a full-fledged theater complex. Any institution wants a building of its own. The Institution ‘Bharat’ has found good stability and momentum after its theater complex was constructed. The complex is very useful for the institutions various activities, as well as it is hired by different professional and amateur drama companies for different activities. Bharat charges lesser rental money than any other theater in Pune. It gives special concession to drama groups that put up plays for children. The Institution ‘Bharat’ has always performed the role of a fatherly figure to all amateur drama companies and actors. Several competitions are conducted in this auditorium. A few of them are as follows:

  • State Competitions
  • Industrial workers Competitions
  • Purshottam Karandak
  • Firodiya Competitions
  • Inter-Bank Competitions
  • Aradhana Karandak Competitions

‘Bharat’ has created a bond of friendship with all people and companies associated with these competions.

Architecture of a theater is most critical. Bharat’s auditorium is so designed that a person sitting in the last row of the balcony can get a feeling that he is watching the play on the stage from a closer distance. Many celebrated actors have a feeling that their show in ‘Bharat’ is sure to be a grand success. The long standing tradition of ‘Bharat’, blessings of the seniors, efforts and hard work of drama volunteers and contribution of the old, venerated great actors like Balgandharva, Chota Gandharva, Keshavrao Date, Tatya saheb Khadilkar have been the richest treasure of the Institution – ‘Bharat’. It is a great fortune of the Club that theater persons, professionals or amateur, insist that they perform on the stage of ‘Bharat’. The Institution has been doing valuable work for the development of the children’s theater movement. The theater is also made available for ‘dress rehearsals’ of plays. The theater is run by a ‘theater Committee’, which is formed by including 1 member each from the Board of Trustees, Business Council and Managing Committee. The organizational set up comprises a theater Chief, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee member. Anant Dalvi is the theater Chief for year 2003 – 04 and Raja Pitale and Shirish Phule act as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.


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