Mumbai: Renowned Marathi actor Prashant Damle will be deliberated with the Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award for outstanding contribution in the field of theatre, film and music while the announcement was made by Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar at the 100th show of Damle’s Marathi play “Karti Kaljat Ghusli” which is a milestone Marathi play, has been revived by Prashant Damle Fan Foundation after 25 years of its launch in Marathi theatre.
The prestigious annual award is given to personalities from Marathi and Hindi theatre, music and films. Instituted in 1999 by Lata Mangeshkar and her family in the fond memory of her father, the award comprises of a cash prize of Rs one lakh, a moment and a citation.
The award will be presented by Lata Mangeshkar in April next year on the occasion of the death anniversary of Master Dinanath. Radha Mangeshkar, noted playback singer and daughter of Hridaynath, was also present on the occasion.
“Prashant Damle is a leading actor of the Marathi theatre today. He has given his best to the Marathi stage in his career spanning over 33 years. His outstanding contribution comes at a very early age and that was point of contention before the jury. But the jury ultimately weighed in his favour looking at his enormous devotion to the theatre,” said Hridaynath Mangeshkar.
“Achieving the 11,000 show mark (collectively of all plays by Damle) in the career spanning over 33 years as a dream came true for me. This could not have been possible without support and well wishes of my family members, friends and more importantly my fans,” said Damle while he expressed gratitude and happiness for the award and said he was honored to be declared its recipient.