Pune: Artists from Marathi theatre and film industry participated in the grand procession between Balgandharva Rangmandir and Shaniwarwada on Saturday, which marked the beginning of the four-day event to celebrate 50 years of the iconic Balgandharva Rangmandir.
Actors, musicians, dancers and backstage crew took part in the procession in which renowned Marathi actor Subodh Bhave participated dressed in his ‘Balgandharv’ attire, riding on a silver chariot with a painting of Balgandharv in the background.
Prominent participants included Sonali Khare, Milind Dastane, Sunil Godbole, Leela Gandhi, Jaymala Inamdar and Bharati Gosavi.
People in the procession wore Puneri Phetas (turbans) while some theatre artists dressed as historical figures.
An all-women lezim group, the Prabhat Band and dhol tashe troupes added to the joyous atmosphere.
Yogesh Deshmukh, Television and Theatre director, said, “Everyone is delighted to participate in this celebration. It is equivalent to that of a mejwani for any artist.”
Producer Meghraj Rajebhosale, the head of the Balgandharv Parivar and of the Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal, said, “We have started the celebration with great energy and on a good note with this
Sunil Godbole, a veteran actor in the Marathi film and theatre circuit, said that he saw the Balgandharva Rangamandir grow in front of his eyes and anyone who is an actor will definitely participate in this celebration.
Leela Gandhi, a senior theatre and tamasha artist, said, “This stage has colour, no person performing here will ever be bored. I just hope the Balgandharva family remains happy always.”
Bharati Gosavi, senior theatre artist, explained the importance of Balgandharv Rangmandir and said any play performed here, whether a musical play or a village drama - has always been a success.