Sanchayan Screening of archival films and video recordings, Sangeet Natak Akademi is presenting Mitra a play in Marathi featuring Shreeram Lagoo on Saturday, December 6, at Meghdoot III, Rabindra Bhavan, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi. Entry is free. The play is directed by Vijay Kenkre, and the duration of the play is 160 minutes
Shreeram Balkrishna Lagoo, born in 1927 in Satara, Maharashtra, 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 stared appearing in Marathi and Hindi films.
Lagoo has been associated with many prestigious theatre groups and institutions. He is a founder-member of the Progressive Dramatic Association in Pune, the city where he also established his own theatre group Roopwedh. Lagoo has published an autobiography, Lamaan, centred on his life in the theatre. He has also written a book on voice culture, Vachik Abhinay, and prepared an adaptation of Ugo Betti's Queen and 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.
He is the recipient of various honours including the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1971), the Padma Shri (1974), and the Kalidas Samman (1996-97), Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship (2009) and many other awards including the Filmfare Award and the Maharashtra State Film Award.