Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Our Cultural Heritage - हमे जिन पर नाज़ हैI--PURUSHOTTAM VYANKATESH DARVHEKAR
PURUSHOTTAM VYANKATESH DARVHEKAR (Birth: 1st JUNE 1926,DEATH : 21st SEPTEMBER 1999) studied in Nilcity High School, Nagpur. for B. Sc. B. T. Thereafter Completed M. A. LL.B. with Gold Medal. and got married on 6th June, 1947.
SERVICE : 1954 – Appointed as script writer in AIR, Nagpur,1961 – Worked as Production Assistant in Doordarshan Delhi,1970 - Worked as Drama Producer ,1978 – Worked as Producer in Mumbai AIR.,1982 - Appointed as Producer in Mumbai Doordrashan.,1986 - Retired from Mumbai, AIR in his tenure, he Produced 700 scripts in Hawamahal, Balvihar,doordarshan serials, serials on Pt.Nehru and China War. After retirement he was appointed as ‘Producer Emeritus’ in M.F.A.Department of Nagpur University, Nagpur.
Mr. Purushottam Darvekar is the gem of the necklace of Vidarbha ! Pride of Nagpur ! Diamond of Drama Faculty was carved by the Nagpurians from their mine, however, he had to approach Bombay to get this diamond cut and have various dimensions. Master of Nagpur became the Master of many in Bombay. The land of Vidarbha is honoured.
He was a teacher at Kurve’s New Model High School, Hadas High School, Sule High School in Nagpur. He joined Balvihar (Akashvani, Nagpur) and thereafter became Script Writer and then Assistant Producer. He was Assistant Producer at Delhi Doordarshan from 1961 to 1963. He was the Producer at Mumbai Akashwani from 1973 onwards. He worked as a member of Stage Review Committee from 1974 to 1977 and 1977 to 1980.
He was appointed as Special Executive Magistrate in 1977. He was the President of Films, Drama and Cultural Development Board in the year 1977.He was honoured to be the ‘President’ of Baroda Marathi Sahitya Mandal. In the year 1977 he was the President of 58th Drama Conference at Pune and by then he was an honorable personality of Marathi Theatre.
On 14th October, 1950 he established ‘Ranjan Kala Mandir’ and presented first play ‘Atombomb Va Adkitta’. The movement for drama continued in Nagpur due to Ranjan Kalamandir. Ranjan Kala Mandir became immortal because of his relentless efforts. He seriously thought about progress of Marathi Theatre. As a Director he sculpted many actors. Many tales are famous about his strict discipline.
The Child Plays of Mr. Purushottam Darvekar – Upashi Rakshas, Kabuli Vala, Paryancha Mahal Morucha Mama, Naradachi Shendi, Abra-Ki-Dabra are the famous Child plays. The name of Shri. Purushottam Darvekar became immortal as a Director. His first play ‘Atombomb Va Adkitta’.In the State Play Competition ‘Chandra Nabhicha Dhalala’ his maiden directed play bagged first prize.
He settled in Mumbai in 1973.He got Regional Award to ‘Ranjan Kala Mandir’ in Maharashtra State Drama Festival as well as awards in the Final Competition.
1. Chandra Nabhicha Dhalala-1960- First Prize, 2. Kali Mati Khare Pani – 1961 Second Prize, 3. Varhadi Manasa – 1963 First Prize, 4. Char Katha Ek Vyatha- 1964 Third Prize, 5. Nayan Tuze Jadugar- 1966 First Prize, 6. Meru Mandar Dhakute-1969 Consolation prize.
In spite of all these awards and success he said in the interview with a News paper in the year 1995- ‘I am not completely satisfied, I feel that I would have done better . His couple of plays (Chandra Nabhicha Dhalala, Nayan Tuze Jadugar, Meru Mandar Dhakute) were based on the plays written by John Van, Rober, Bolt. Therefore, he wrote the play ‘Varhadi Manasa’ based exclusive on Vidarbha culture on the incident of Panshet Dam. The audience can not forget his entry on Panshet Dam.
Famous critic, Mr. Kaned said, ‘It is proved that Purushottam Darvekar is the precious gem gifted to Maharashtra by Vidarbha Marathi theatre.. On the philosophy of ‘Alber Kamu’ the maestro wrote ‘Chandra Nabhicha Dhalala’ and presented gracefully in State Drama Competition. His hero, Chandrasen becomes the dictator because of his desire to possess every thing even desired to grab the moon of the sky in his hands and become the hero.“The entire Universe shall became fearful, Indra shall be defeated.The moon from the sky shall be in my hands on this earth”He becomes cruel with this desire and wish that he shall become the god. He dictates his pupils. The agitated citizens becomes rebellion and the king was killed. ‘The dreams of the poet got melted and the moon from the sky got down- such was the tragic end. It bagged a first prize being a fantastic play.(Taken from the article ‘Vidarbhatil Rangbhumi’ of Prof. Manik Kaned)
He created many actors as a ‘Master’ due to his relentless efforts from the establishment of ‘Ranjankala Mandir’ in 1950 till 1990 in not only in Vidarbha but at Mumbai also. He loved people and people also loved him. His plays covered Music, Dance, drama etc. ‘Natyadarpan’ organization published ‘Darvekar Gaurav’ (January 1978) based on his deeds in the year 1978. No doubt the impact of Purushottam Darvekar is great on Marathi Theatre of Nagpur.
RESIDENCE : Ranjan Niwas, Congress Nagar, Nagpur.