Dinkar Dhere (Kamanna)
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1901 – 1943

Dinkar joined Kirloskar Natak Mandli in 1908, at the age of 7. His maternal uncle Krishnarao Kolhapure also worked in the Company since 1902.

Dinkar started doing petty roles in the drama company. He used to sing well and played Bakul’s role in ‘Veer Tanay’. After 1914 Dinkar went to NatyaVinod drama company and then in 1918 he joined his uncle’s Balwant drama company.

He used to play ‘Uttar’ in ‘Veer Vidamban’ very well. Balwant produced the play ‘Bhavbandhan’ on 18.10.1919. The roles of Ghanashyam and Latika were played by Chintamanrao Kolhatkar and Master Dinanath respectively.

The audiences enjoyed Dinkar’s role of Kamanna greatly. The role fitted Dinkar so well that soon he was called by that pet-name only. Dinkar and Kamanna became synonymous.

Dinkar continued playing the role for more than a decade and then left Balwant and worked in Hirabai Badodekar’s drama group in 1933.

Dinkar earned similar fame and name in Marathi films also. He stepped onto stage once again in 1940.

Inspite of not having received any formal school education, Dinkar’s stage performances were always witty, humorous and full of presence of mind.

Many anecdotes of Dinkar’s quick-wittedness are well-known among people associated with the Marathi theater.

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Right from its inception till 1930, ‘Social Club’ alias ‘Bharat Natya Samshodhan Mandir’ was performing famous plays with the intention of public entertainment as well as for raising funds for socially charitable institutions. In 1935, the National Dramatics Meet (Bharat Natya Sammelan) No. 27 was held in Pune. On this occasion it was thought that the Institution should set up a drama training class. The thought was brought into execution in 1962 when a dramatic training class was started under the leadership of Mrs Vimaltai Sathe. But the effort was rather half-hearted and ran doddering for a year and a half. But, from 1966 drama critic Dr.R.S.Walimbe and Prabhakar Gupte continued the class very consistently and it is going on till today. Rajabhau Phadnis and Jayantkumar Tribhuvan organized the class well.

Drama Traning School

The class gives formal training in dramatics to young men and women. A fine blend of Bharat Munis’ Natya Shastra and Stanislavaski’s dramatic technique teaches students drama on physical, intellectual and psychological level. Training is imparted about tne human body, voice culture, yoga through actual demonstrations. The curriculum includes a study of Sanskrit, Marathi, English thetre, their history, basic schools of fine arts etc.

A study of the stage, play writing, play direction, acting and technical aspects of the theater such as acoustics, lighting, make-up, setting and costumes is a part of the training course. Eminent experts from various fields of the theater are invited to the class and training is imparted through their speeches, discussions etc. The course of 6 months’ duration has until now trained thousands of theater-persons many of whom have become very successful in professional as well as amateur theater. The Institution is thinking of linking this drama training course formally to some University and of making it more authentic. The course students can avail of the facilities such as the library of the Institution and they have all the books at their disposal. Eminent theater personalities have, time and again, graced Bharat’s drama training classes and have offered their valuable guidance to the students.

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Music and Dance Division

It has already been mentioned elsewhere that the Institution did pioneering work in the field of prose Marathi theater when the musical Marathi theater was at its pinnacle. Around 1965 – 70, the prose Marathi theater was on the rise and today it is certainly far more popular than the musical theater. On this back-ground, Bharat has retained, preserved and grown the tradition of musical Marathi theater by performing musical plays consistently. Previously, producing such plays was a difficult task due to lack of finances. Since, 1970 the Club’s own theater has become a good source of income for Bharat and the problem of finance was solved.

Music and Dance Division -Traning School

Vocal singing, playing of instruments and dance are the basic, foundational requirements of musical plays. Considering this, Baburao Vijapure thought of having a separate wing for training youth in music and dance in a classical and systematic way. With his initiative, regular classes for kathhak dancing and singing started in Bharat. Balasaheb Gokhale, an exponent and expert in the Benaras style of Kaththak took the responsibility of dance training since the inception of the Music and Dance Division, till 1982. Since 1982, his disciple Jaffer Mulla has handled the Division very efficiently, till today. The Division has supplied a number of singers and instrument players and dancers to take part in the Institution’s musical plays. The Division offers training at nominal fees and the Club has made arrangements that its students can appear for examinations of Gandharva Mahavidyalaya and Tilak Vidyapeeth. Due to this tie up, ‘Bharat’s students of this Division can excel in the fine arts till university level. The Institution has been granted status of Official Examination Center for such examinations. For some time, the training in singing was given by Janubhau Marathe who had lived in the company of Balgandharva. After the demise of Y.R.Karandikar, Mrs. Karandikar looks after the training and Pandurang Mukhde teaches the Tabla.

In addition to the traditional training in these fine arts, the Institution arranges training workshops, speeches and seminars of experts in different fields etc. On the foundation day of the Division, students present their art. The Division has received guidance by eminent artists such as Chota Gandharva, Jaimala Shiledar etc.

This Music and Dance Division, although sprang out of necessity, today has become a well-developed center for fine arts and has offered valuable contribution in the field of theater and art. The Division has added to Bharat’s name and fame.

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