Shreeram Lagoo

Born in 1927 in Satara, Maharashtra, Dr Shreeram Balkrishna Lagoo became involved in theatre as a student of medicine at Pune. Eventually, he left the medical profession in 1968 to devote himself to the theatre, acquiring a reputation as an actor by his forceful portrayal of central characters in Marathi plays such as Gidhare, Nat Samrat, Surya Pahilela Manoos, Udhwasta Dharmashala and Mitra. At the same time he started appearing in Marathi and Hindi films, and won for himself a wide audience both on the stage and screen. Dr Lagoo has been associated with many prestigious theatre groups and institutions. He is a foundermember of the Progressive Dramatic Association in Pune, the city where he also established his own theatre group Roopwedh. Under the banner of this group as well as others such as Theatre Academy, Awishkar, Kala Vaibhav, Natya Sampada and Theatre Unit, he has acted in numerous notable theatre productions for over half a century. Dr Lagoo has published an autobiography, Lamaan, centred on his life in the theatre. He has also written a book on voice culture, Vachik Abhinay, a few one-act plays, and prepared an adaptation of Ugo Bettiā€™s Queen & Rebels in Marathi. A compilation of articles on his work was published by Rohan Prakashan on his 75th birthday in a book titled Amhala Bhetalele Dr Lagoo. He continues to write on theatre in literary magazines in Marathi. He is the recipient of various honours including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1971), the Padma Shri (1974), and the Kalidas Samman (1996-97) and many other awards including the Filmfare Award and the Maharashtra State Film Award. For his contribution to Indian theatre, Shreeram Balkrishna Lagoo is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.