I have the honour to present to you Shri Gopal Govind Phatak, who is the recipient of the Akademi Award for Marathi Stage Acting for the year 1959. Shri Gopal Govind Phatak was born on June 24, 1899. He was drawn to the stage at a very young age. With the help of Shri Ganpatrao Joshi, whose devoted disciple he became, Shri Gopal Govind Phatak ascended the height of his career in Lalitkaladarsha. For several years he continued to enact roles of various types of characters. His enactments of “Raghoba” and “Macbeth” have left an indelible impression on his audience. He has been a dominant figure on the Marathi stage for well over 35 years. For his pre-eminence in acting on Marathi stage, and for his life-long devotion and service to its cause, I pray, Sir, that you may be pleased to grant him recognition as Stage- Actor of the year, and award to him a Shawl, a lotus-embossed leaf in gold and a Sanad in token of that recognition.