In 1950, he established the Ranjan Kala Mandir. This was an amateur group that dominated the Bombay theatre competitions for almost a decade and won many awards. He also engaged in the task of reviving Sangitnatak. He wrote and directed several plays of which Katyar kaljat ghusli i.e. 'Dagger Pierced the Heart' in 1967 was prominent. This was based on the conflict between two classical musicians, running for 700 shows. The other one was Chandra nabhicha dhalala i.e. 'The Moon Is Down' in 1972. This won critical acclaim and great appreciation from spectators for their music. Trendsetting drama like Kanetkar's Ashrunchijhaliphule i.e. 'Tears Have Become Flowers' in 1966 and Shirwadkar's Natasamrat i.e. 'The Actor-Emperor' in 1970, directed by Darwhekar, also proved very successful. Purushottam Vyankatesh Darwhekar died in the year of 1999 at the age of 73.
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