D. G. Godse



Born 1914 in Vadodara, Maha- rashtra, Shri Dattatraya Ganesh Godse attended Bombay University and later Slade School of Art, London. Begin- ning his career as a layout artist and illustrator in Publications Division, Delhi, in 1941, he was a designer and illustrator with various advertising agencies and The Times of India in Bombay 1946-65. Shri D.G. Godse headed the Applied Arts Department of Baroda University 1966-74. Associated with the Marathi stage from the 50s, Shri D.G. Godse has designed sets and costumes for over 80 produc- tions including Mudrarakshasa and Shakuntala — produced in Marathi and German — and Shrimati Vijaya Mehta’s Marathi version of Hayavadana by Shri Girish Karnad. His work has been various, realistic in the early productions, suggestive in some later work, based on Shakespearean and Natyasha- stram models in some cases. Away from the sets, Shri D.G. Godse has adapted Bhasa and Kalidasa in Marathi, written a few plays and various articles on aspects, events, and personalities of theatre. Seven of his books have received awards from the Government of Maharashtra. Over a long and fruitful career, Shri D.G. Godse has received many institutional and State awards for stage design and costume. Shri Dattatraya Ganesh Godse receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to theatre as a scenic designer.