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Dattatraya Ganesh Godse was born in Vadodara, Gujarat in 1914. He studied at the University of Bombay and Slade School of Art, London. He began his career in 1941 as a layout artist and illustrator in the Publications Division of the Government of India at New Delhi. After that he designed for various advertising agencies and at the Times of India in Bombay from 1946 to 1965. He was Head of the Department of Applied Arts at M. S. University, Vadodara, 1966-74.
Since 1950, Dattatraya Ganesh Godse designed sets and costumes for over eighty productions including the Indo-German Mudra-Rakshasa in 1976, from Visakhadatta. He also designed set for Shakuntala in 1980 from Kalidasa. Another example of his set was the Marathi version of Karnad's Hayavadana in 1984. All of them were directed by Vijaya Mehta. Dattatraya Ganesh Godse used a variety of styles, from the Natyasastra-based classical Sanskrit to the Shakespearean, from realism earlier on to symbolism later. He was a prolific writer and adapted Bhasa and Kalidasa into Marathi, composed one-act plays, and published several award-winning books on theatre, including Urjayan i.e. 'Energy' in 1985, containing critical essays as well. Dattatraya Ganesh Godse was died in 1992.
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