I have the honour to present to
you Shri Bhargavram Vithal
Warerkar, who is the recipient
of the Akademi Award for
Playwriting for the year 1958.
Born in 1883 at Chiplun in Ratnagiri District, Shri Bhargavram Vithal, popularly known as Mama Warerkar wrote his first play 'Kunjavihari' in 1908. A distinguished author and playwright he directs his own plays and has been a pioneer in modernising the Marathi stage technique. A prolific writer, his published works include 47 plays, 29 novels, 5 volumes of short stories, 5 volumes of essays and lectures, covering social, political and cultural problems, besides numerous translations of eminent authors. In his chequered career he has also been a Journalist and Film Director. Even at this age he has been contributing to several Marathi and Hindi periodicals and dailies.
He is founder member and President of many dramatic and literary organisations of the country. Mama Warerkar is a member of the General Council of the Sahitya and Sangeet Natak Akademies. He was nominated by the President to the Rajya Sabha in 1956.
For his pre-eminence as a Playwright and his lifelong devotion and service to the cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Playwright of the year and to award to him a brocade Angvastram, a lotus embossed leaf in Gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.