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Sanjay Deshmukh

Dr. Sanjay V. Deshmukh


Hon'ble - Vice Chancellor


Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh, is a Vice chancellor of university of Mumbai. He is one of the youngest PhD degree holders in Botany of Mumbai University, and he has served as the head of the Coastal Systems Research Programme at the MS Swaminathan Research Centre in Chennai for five years and was the principal scientist at the Bombay Natural History Society between 1995 and 1999. His other stints include holding the director's post at the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini.

Dr. Jabbar Patel

Dr. Jabbar Patel


Dr. Jabbar Patel is a theatre and film director of India. His production of the Vijay Tendulkar's play “Ghashiram Kotwal” in 1973 is considered a classic in Modern Indian Theatre.

He is the maker of classics films in Marathi cinema, like, Samna Jait Re Jait (Mohan Agashe, Smita Patil), Umbartha (Smita Patil, Girish Karnad), Simhasan (Nana Patekar, Shreeram Lagoo, Reema Lagoo). Some of his other films are Mukta, Ek Hota Vidushak, and Musafir (Hindi). His most acclaimed film is Dr. Baba saheb Ambedkar released in 1999. He won the 1995 Nargis Dutt Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration for his Marathi film, Mukta.

Mangesh Bansod

Dr. Mangesh Bansod


Dr Mangesh Bansod is a Director In charge of Academy of Theatre Arts, University of Mumbai. He holds a PhD in Tamasha and is a writer and director who scripted and directed various plays. He has extensive experience in acting & directing with veteran directors for last 10 years which includes many Marathi and Hindi Plays, Serials and Films like Tamasha (2006), Vichchha Mazi Puri Kara (2009), Lotan (2011), Nishani Dava Angatha (2012), Mee Ladachi Maina Tumachi (2013) and various serials and films. .

Shafaat Khan

Shafaat Khan


Shafaat Khan is one of the leading Playwrights of modern Marathi Theatre. He has successfully evolved unique style of play writing. He has written important plays such as ‘Shobha Yatra’, ‘Bhumiticha Farce’, ‘Mumbaiche Kawale’, ‘Rahile Dorr Ghar Maze’, ‘Time Pass’, ‘PopatPanchi’ etc. He is a recipient of many prestigious awards which includes Mama Warerkar Puraskar, Natya Gaurav Puraskar, Natya Parishad Puraskar, Maharashtra State award for his Unparaller Contribution to playwright etc. He is teaching playwriting in Academy of Theatre Arts for last twelve years

Vijay Kenkare

Vijay Kenkare


Vijay Kenkare is a prominent & well known Director of main stream and parallel Marathi Theatre. Since 1985, he has successfully directed more than sixty plays for Marathi professional theatre. He is a recipient of many awards which include "Zee Marathi Awards", "Vasant Soman Puraskar", "Maharashtra Times Award", "Award from Govt. of Goa". He is teaching Direction in Academy of Theatre Arts for last twelve years

Jayant Pawar

Jayant Pawar


Jayant Pawar is a well-known theatre critic. JayantPawar who is also a writer has scripted various plays. His “Kaay Danger Waara Sutalya” is a take on everything from domestic politics to international issues. Jayant Pawar is without a doubt one of the finest writers we have today.

Premanand Gajvi

Premanand Gajvi


Premanand Gajvi's "Ghotbhar Paani" and "Kirwant" are landmark plays in the history of Marathi Theatre. Both plays, although vastly different, speak of a disaffected class of people trapped by caste and poverty. The 65 year old writer although better known for his plays, is also a published novelist and a poet. His novel 'Jaagar' was published in 1982 while his collection of poems titled 'Ek Tari' was published in 2010.

Sambhaji Bhagat

Sambhaji Bhagat


Sambhaji Bhagat is known as Lokshahir Sambhaji Bhagat. Bhagat—who composed and sang two songs for Court—strutted across the stage with all the confidence and charisma of a man who has been doing this for more than 30 years now. Court had won 18 international awards and the coveted National Award.

Bhadant Dhammanag

Bhadant Dhammanag


Bhadant Dhammanag is a member of UK based World Fellowship of Buddhist Youth (WFBY) and Tharvada Buddhist Sangha of United kingdom (TBSUK). He has been engaged in activities towards conservation and development of Buddhism in India and across the world. Bhadant Dhammanag is a founding member of one of the residential school (CBSC) in the state of Karnataka, India. He is also a member of numerous advisory boards and committees at national and international level.

Dr.AnilPatil

Dr. Anil Patil


Dr Anil Patil is a Director of Board of College and University Development. Patil, who has 30 years of experience in teaching, has published many papers on environment-related research, worked on various committees of the university in the past.

Rahi Bhide

Rahi Bhide


RahiBhide is Editor, Punyanagari Daily Maharashtra at Punyanagari group of newspapers. She is an eminent journalist and is a member of the Metta International Theatre Festival.

Dr. Varsha Rokade

Dr. Varsha Rokade


Dr Varsha Rokade is an advocate and former Maharashtra & Goa Bar Council Secretary of 10 years. Dr Varsha Rokade, has been appointed as expert in the Maharashtra State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. She is advisor for the Metta Festival.

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