Born in 1947 in Bhor, Maha- rashtra, Mohan Agashe, a psychiatrist by profession, took his M.B.B.S. in 1970 and his M.D. in psychiatry in 1978 from Pune University. He started his career as an actor with a tour-de-force as the machiavellian Nana Phadnavis in Vijay Tendulkar’s highly acclaimed play Ghashiram Kotwal. Subsequently he rose to great heights in a succession of Marathi plays, as well as award-winning films by Satyajit Ray, Shyam Benegal, Gautam Ghosh, Jabbar Patel and Mira Nair. A founder-member of the Theatre Academy, Pune, he introduced the GRIPS project for theatre for children and youth. He worked as theatre consultant for the Indian Council for Cultural Relations during the Festival of India in the Soviet Union. At present he is Director of the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. Besides other awards, he was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1990. Shri Mohan Agashe receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Marathi theatre as an actor.