I have the honour to present to you Shri Ganesh Govind Bodas, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award in acting for the year 1956. Born in Shevgaon village in Ahmadnagar in 1880 Shri Ganesh Govind Bodas started his career in 1896 and had his early training in acting under the late Govindrao Dewal. Since then he has been on the stage as actor, producer and director and has been associated with almost all prominent theatre companies of Maharashtra rendering great service towards the progress of the stage. His versatility as an actor has been recognised since 1908 when he was awarded a gold medal in Bombay. He is also a recipient of a number of honours from various cities in Maharashtra. 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.