Ram Ganesh Gadkari
...Ram Ganesh Gadkari
, a legend in Marathi literature, equally excelled as a dramatist and a poet.His
poems and plays are still enjoyed by the lovers of Marathi literature and theatre.Ram Ganesh Gadkari was born in 1885 at Gandevi near Navsari in Gujarat.His
family moved to Pune when he
was very young.He
had great respect for Gujarati language and was an ardent lover of Gujarati poetry and prose.After completing his education, he worked as a school teacher for sometime, thus earning a nickname ,master'.
A voracious reader of Sanskrit, Marathi and English literature, Gadkari
was also passionate about theatre. He
first play Mitraprit (Friendship) in 1902.As he was keen to pursue his interest in theatre, Ram joined Kirloskar Natak Mandali in 1906.
had noted Gandharva's taste for costly sarees and makeup.
used some songs written by writer Vithal Sitaram in the play for some shows.
...Gadkari left Kirloskar Natak Mandali to join a new company called Balwant Natak Mandali, set up by some eminent members of the Kirloskar Mandali like Master Dinanath, Chintamanrao Kolhatkar and Krishnarao Kolhapure.
plays were renowned, then Gadkari's poems were equally popular.He
wrote poetry under the pen name ,Govindagraj'.He
used pen name ,Balakram' for humorous writings.Gadkari's poems are perhaps better known than his
famous plays.The poems exerted major influence on the readers.His
poetry collection Vagvaijayanti is still considered as one of the classics in Marathi literature.It is said that a poet can be a dramatist but not a humorist and that a humorist can be a dramatist but not a poet.Ram Ganesh Gadkari
was proficient in all these three fields of literature.His
ornamental language filled with noble thoughts and in-depth philosophy of life were the beautiful features of his
painted the glory and strength of womanhood beautifully in his
dramas, Ekach Pyala and Punyaprabhav.
The popularity, the respect and the love that Ram Ganesh Gadkari
received from people during his
life time and even now is incomparable.Rajsanyas, his
last play was left incomplete because of his