Janubhau Nimkar
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---------- to 1925

Ravji Gopal Mhaskar and Nimkar brothers set up Swadesh Hitachintak Natak Mandli in 1894. The company performed prose as well as musical plays. ‘Shakuntal’, ‘Soubhadra’, ‘Mruchhakatik’, ‘Shap Sambhram’, ‘Gopichand’, ‘Mudrika’, and ‘Chandrahas were a few of them.

In 1897, Janubhau successfully produced Baba Dongre’s play ‘Chandrasena’.

Swadesh Hitachintak started competing with Kirloskar Natak Mandli, since then. Swadesh Hitachintak gathered momentum when Keshavrao Bhosale started playing Sharda, in 1902 in the play bearing the same name.

The company was perhaps the first theatre group to put up ‘Shakuntal’ in the Sanskrit language.

After a vertical split in 1907, Janubhau took up Mama Varerkar’s play ‘Kunjavihari’ and produced it with great success. Vishnupant Pagnis, in the Gujarathi garb of Radha and Gujarathi songs literally maddened the crowds.

Though Janubhau was not very much educated, he had studied holy books like Gita, Bhagwat, etc. He showed due respect for the fine art called ‘drama’.

He saw to it that all actors did their roles, major or minor, as per decided by the director. He never played to the gallery.

His performances were sleeks, the actors’ diction perfect and there would be no prompter. Janubhau himself gave rigorous training to his actors in speech and diction.

He never got carried away with excessive craze for music and nor did he let his troupe do so. He certainly did have drawbacks, such as impatience, adamance and irascible nature.

In 1912, Swadesh Hitachintak Natak Mandli came to an end. It enjoyed lime-light with its two hit plays ‘Sharda’ and ‘Kunjavihari’ for about a decade and a half. The company must be given credit for introducing a unique singer-actor like Keshavrao Bhosale onto the Marathi stage.


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Play performed
Year/Date
Theatre
In the aid of

1.

Phalgunrao

12thApril 1906

Vijayanand

For raising funds for the Institute ‘Paisa Fund’

2.

Zunzarrao

Aug 1906

 

To help charitable organizations

3.

Mohan Tara

1907

Aryabhushan

To help renovation of Omkareshwar temple. Eminent prescence of Lokmanya Tilak was the highlight of the occasion.

4.

Mohan Tara and Zunzarrao

1908

 

To help the Mazoor Fund, Mumbai with Rs 2000/-. Kotilingarchan (a religious rite) at Wai, Bajarang Math at Kashi, Virupaksha Math at Hampi were also given financial aid

5.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

29/08/1910

 

To help Maratha Vyavaharik Shikshan fund

6.

Sharada

20/03/1911

Ripon, Mumbai

To aid Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya (Library)

7.

Tratika

22/11/1911

Ripon, Mumbai

In the aid of Yawat Sanatorium

8.

Sharda, Devayani

26,27 April, 1 July,14Sept., 1913

Nutan Aryabhushan

 Ahmednagar and Palithana Relief  Fund

9.

Devayani

02/05/1914

Kalyan

Mumbai Marathi Granth Sangrahalaya.

10.

Tratika, Devayani

1/9/1914,

19, 20/9/14

Pune

Imperial War Fund

11.

Devayani

16/12/1915

Pune

Free Public Library

12.

Satvapariksha

16/2/1917

Mumbai

Brahman Hitawardhini Sanstha

13.

Satvapariksha

9/10/1917

Nutan Aryabhushan

Arya Kridodharak Mandli

14.

Tratika

14/11/1919

Kirloskar Theater

Pune Marathi Granthalaya

15.

Tratika

12/12/1919

Nutan Aryabhushan

In hounour of Lokamanya Tilak

16.

Satvapariskha

17/9/1920

Kirloskar Theatre

Tilak Smarak Fund

17.

Satvapariksha

11/2/1921

Kirloskar Theatre

Marathi Granthalaya

18.

Satvapariksha

26/4/1921

Pune

Mulshi Fund

19.

Tratika

16/5/1921

Pune

Madyapan Nishedharth Mandal.

20.

MohanTara

9/10/1922

Laxmi

Marathi Granthalaya

21.

Mohan Tara

7/12/1922

Pune

Bharat High School

22.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

7/1/1923

Pune

Bengal Relief Fund

23.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

1/3/1927

Pune

Shrikrishna Vidyalaya

24.

Tratika

31/3/23

Ahemednagar

Pune Marathi Granthalaya

25.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

1/4/1923

Ahemednagar

Pune Marathi Granthalaya

26.

Tratika

17/4/1923

Pune

Swarajya Fund

27.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

19/4/1923

 

Swarajya Fund

28.

Tratika

22/4/1923

 

Camp Education Society

29.

Mohan Tara

29/4/1923

 

Pune Anath Vidyarthi Griha

30.

Tratika

1/6/1923

 

Ganpatrao Joshi Fund

31.

Tratika and Devyani

15/4/1923 and 16/4/1923

 

Uma Vidyalay (in Modinimb)

32.

Tratika

1/4/1926

Kirloskar theatre

Bhor Praja Parishad Fund

33.

Sangit Saubhadra

15/5/1926

 

Alibaug Maternity Fund

34.

Falgunrao

5/1928

 

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was present for the show

35.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

15/2/1930

Panvel

Sindh Relief Fund

36.

Kanchangadchi Mohana

17/4/1903

Pune

Kirloskar Theater

37.

Kichkavadh

28/9/1934

Vijayanand Theatre

Hanmantrao Ramnath Hospital

38.

Kichkavadh

28/9/1935

Vijayanand Theatre

Hanmantrao Ramnath Hospital

39.

Tratika

20/4/1935

 

Paral Eye Hospital

40.

God Gandhal

15/2/1940

Vijayanand Theatre

Rotar Association

41.

Upatsumbh

25/2/1943

 

Kale’s High School

42.

Athvaninche Khandak

18/3/1945

Khadki

Alegaonkar High School

43.

Premal Lafange

18/3/1945

Khadki

Alegaonkar High School

44.

Muncipalty

13/9/1945

Bhanuvila theatre

PYC. Soc.,

44.

Upatshumbh

7/10/1945

 

Silver Jubilee Motor Sangh

45.

Goad Gondhal

1/12/1945

 

Bhave High School

46.

Goad Gondhal

23/12/45

 

Dhanraj Girji High School

47.

Umaji Naik

30/11/1946

Pune

Bhave High School

48.

Totayache Band

1/11/1948

Kelkar Smarak Samiti

Late TatyaSaheb Kelkar’s death anniversary

49.

Agryahoon Sutka

17/6/1949

Deval Sabhagriha

Education Girls’ High School ‘Imarat Fund’

50.

Agryahoon Sutka

15/2/1951

 

Lokmanya Education Society

51.

Agryahoon Sutka

5/3/1951

Bhanuvilas theatre

Drama Competitions (Mumbai Sahitya Sangh)

52.

Sangeet Devmanus

17/12/1951

 

LakshmichayaPraudh Varg

53.

Kichkavadh

6/1/1952

Bhanuvilas theatre

Seva Sadan Pune

54

Kichkavadh

13/1/1952

Pune

Bhave High School (Girls’ Annual Social Function)

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