I have the honour to present to you Shri Narayan Rao Rajhans, popularly known as Bal Gandharva who is the recipient of the Akadami Award in acting for the year 1955. Shri Bal Gandharva entered the stage in 1905 and till this day is an actor of extraordinary merit. He has dominated the Marathi stage for over three decades. He is specially known for his emotional and expressive acting in feminine roles. He has appeared on the stage in important roles in different plays, historic, puranic and social. He is an accomplished singer and has spent his life working for the progress and development of the stage. For his pre-eminence in acting and for his long devotion and service to its cause I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as actor of the year in the field of drama and to award to him a brocade Angavastram, a lotus embossed leaf in gold, and a Sanad in token of that recognition.