I have the honour to present to you Shri Chintaman Ganesh Kolhatkar, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Acting for the year 1957. Shri Kolhatkar has been on the stage for the last 48 years. He has dominated the Marathi Stage for three decades and is an actor of extraordinary merit. He has appeared on the stage and screen in many Marathi, Hindi and Urdu plays. He is also an accomplished director, producer and playwright and has devoted his life for the progress and development of the stage. For his pre-eminence in acting and for his life 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 embos- sed leaf in gold, and a Sanad in token of that recognition.