Sarita Joshi

Born 1941 in Pune, Maharash- tra, Shrimati Sarita Joshi — nee Bhonsle — received an early exposure to professional theatre in Marathi and Gujarati; at the age of seven she had already joined the New Laxmikant Company of Baroda. An actress in Khatau Alfred Theatrical Company and Indian National Theatre, Bombay, till 1982, Shrimati Sarita Joshi joined Pravin Joshi Theatre in 1983. During this period she also acted in several Gujarati films. In the course of an active career on the stage, Shrimati Sarita Joshi has acted in some 150 plays, several of them conspicuous successes. Among these are Balwant ni Baby directed by Adi Marzban and Santu Rangili directed by her husband Pravin Joshi — a Gujarati adaptation of Shaw’s Pygmalion which ran to 500 shows. Shrimati Joshi ventured into the ‘other’ theatre in the ’70s when she directed and acted in a Gujarati adaptation of Badal Sircar’s Evam Indrajit. As an actress in Gujarati films Shrimati Sarita Joshi has received three awards from the Government of Gujarat: as stage actress she was honoured by Akhil Marathi Natya Parishad, Bombay, in 1984. Shrimati Sarita Joshi receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to theatre as an actress.