I present to you, Sir, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo. Dr. Lagoo was born in 1927. Dr. Lagoo started his acting career as an amateur in 1956. He was formally trained as E.N.T. surgeon and practised as a doctor from 1952 to 1969. He gave up medical practice to work in the professional theatre in 1969. During his stay abroad he imbibed a good deal of western theatre and other forms of arts. Dr. Lagoo has played important roles in 11 plays, besides directing 5 plays. His main roles in such plays as Gidhare and Nat-Samrat have been highly acclaimed for his interpretation of the character and forceful portrayal. He received several awards and distinction from Maharashtra State, Marathi Natya Parishad and the Telang Award. Besides contributing articles on theatre in literary magazines he has written one-act plays and also adapted Queen & Rebels by Ugo Betti into Marathi. For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its development, Dr. Shreeram Lagoo receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting.