Goverdhan Hemchand Panchal designed sets for about eighty productions by many contemporary directors. Some of them were quite experimental. He also directed four Sanskrit plays in 'authentic' style based on the Natyosastm, involving young actors like Raju Barot, Harinakshi Desai, and Harikishan Varma, of which Dutavakya in 1990 and Prabuddha Rauhineya in 1993 won national recognition. He authored six books on theatre, all illustrated by him, including Kuttampalam and Kutiyattam.these were the study of the traditional auditorium for Sanskrit theatre in Kerala. He also authored the Theatres of Bharata and some Aspects of Sanskrit Play-production. His contribution to research on Bhavai, the Gujarati folk form, was equally notable. His lecture demonstrations are preserved by All India Radio, Doordarshan, and the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai. Goverdhan Hemchand Panchal died in 1996.
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