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Dattaram Narayan Walwaikar was born in a family of woodcutters in 1913. He joined Vishnupant Borkar's Prabhat Sangit Mandali at the age of 5 and trained under Borkar, Chintamanrao Kolhatkar, and Keshavrao Date. Soon the company was dismantled and he came to Bombay in search of work, living in Girangaon and acting any part he managed to secure. His career was formed in historical and mythological productions by the Samyukta Natya Sangh and the Natya Sangam. He later joined the Lalitkaladarsha Natak Mandali where he stayed for a long time.
In classics like Shakespeare's Hamlet, Gadkari's Punyaprabhav and Ekach pyala, Warerkar's Satteche gulam and Sonyacha kalas i.e. 'Golden Spire' in 1932, and in newer drama like Kanetkar's Raigadala jenvha jag yete i.e. 'When Raigad Awakens' in 1962, directed by him and Matsyagandha in 1964, his acting became very popular and brought him critical acclaim. He memorably portrayed figures from history i.e. Shivaji as well as mythology i.e. Bhishma. His characterization of Ramshastri in Khadilkars historical Bhaubandaki, at the first National Drama Festival in 1954, won him an award and great appreciation. Dattaram Narayan Walwaikar die din the year of 1984.
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