I present to you, Sir, Shri Keshav Trimbak Date, who has received the Akademi Award for Acting on the Marathi stage. Shri Keshav Trimbak Date was born in 1889, and made his debut on the Marathi stage at the age of 17. Since then he has proved himself an extremely versatile actor, and has portrayed all types of roles, including female ones. Shri Keshav Trimbak Date has been a leading figure in the revival of the theatre movement in Maharashtra. Apart from his work on the stage he has also made a substantial contribution to the Marathi cinema, through both acting and direction. He has also been closely associat- ed with theatre activities in the schools and colleges of his State.