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BHASKAR SHEWALKAR

A Specialist in Children's Theatre

Bhaskar ShewalkarBhaskar Shewalkar, a theatre personality of Hyderabad has continually brought cosmopolitan and global experiences to the local theatre audiences.

He was born to Dattatreya and Vatsala Shewalkar in Hyderabad. To date, Bhaskar remembers the eventful day of May 11, 1940 when he was pushed on to the stage to deliver a single comic line in a children's play staged on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. This incident built his confidence and introduced him to theatre, which was to become his passion of a lifetime. After this, there was no stopping him and he held plays not only in school and in Ganesh Chaturthi melas, but also collected like-minded people, wrote scripts and presented them to the few audience that was interested.

He got his Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and a Diploma in Veterinary Science. As he moved from one job to another, he was already getting recognition and honours for his theatre activities.

In 1983, he did a Post Graduate Diploma in Theatre Arts from Osmania University. This was when he started to take theatre more seriously, more actively. He also began teaching theatre arts. In 1989, he became a lecturer in Theatre Arts in the University of Hyderabad and in 1993, a Reader.

Professorship was granted to him in 1998. Under his guidance, one student has obtained a Ph.D and two more are working on their research thesis. Shewalkar is a Member, Board of Studies at Osmania, Andhra and Venkateshwara universities.

He has acted and directed in 70 major plays in Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Gujarati, Urdu, Kannada and English. Each of his play has given the audience something valuable and new, drawn from all over the world, thought-provoking or even awesome. The experience gained and the new vision acquired has certainly influenced the Telugu, Hindi, Marathi and Urdu theatre activities at Hyderabad.

In the course of a dedicated and prolific theatre career, he has taken specialise interest in children's theatre, theatre as a therapy and theatre in education. His workshops on Grips Theatre have been lauded by theatre persons all over India. He has organised and participated in several workshops for students, youth, teachers and handicapped children.

He has presented papers on theatre related subjects at several seminars held at state, national and international levels. While accomplishing all these, he is keeping his feet firmly rooted to the 'stage' offering presentations that never fails to strike a chord in every person with an interest in theatre.


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