Veteran Marathi stage actor Bhalchandra Pendharkar passes away
Veteran Marathi stage actor, drama producer and singer Bhalchandra Pendharkar passed away in Mumbai after a brief illness. He was 94.
Pendharkar was born on 25 November 1921 in Hyderabad, Telangana (then Andhra Pradesh). He was affectionately known as Anna among the theatre circle.
He had gained immense popularity through his play Duritanche Timir Javo (1957). Some of his other most memorable theatre plays are Gita Gaati Dnyaneshwar, Panditrao Jagannath and ‘Shabbas Birbal Shabbas’.
He had played important role in the strengthening a drama group called Lalitkaladarsh Natak Mandali which was founded by Keshavrao Bhosale in 1908.
Awards and recognition: Vishnudas Bhave Puraskar (1973), Bal Gandharva Puraskar (1983), Sangeet Natak Kala Academy (2004) etc.