Shrinivas Shindagi, father of Children’s Theatre died due to prolonged illness. He died during treatment in the hospital. He was 89 years old. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, a son and grandchildren.
He wrote the many books including ‘Pungiwala, Ek Mungi Nesli Lungi, Mithaiche Ghar, Swargatil Maal, Laatushet Vaatula, Bolka Aarsa, Bhumiputrache vanpujan, Daha Lakhacha Dhani’ which has a great impact on theatre.
Keshavrao Date gave Shrinivas Shindagi ‘Father of Children’s theatre’ title as a recognition of his contribution towards theatre. Srinivas Shindagi has written many stories, poems, poems collections, songs, plays, ballads, patriotic and so many songs. Along with Children’s play, he also contributed a lot in the commercial plays.
‘Pungiwala’ was the famous play by Srinivas Shindagi. This play has crossed over Hundreds of shows since its inception. This play was directed by Sulbha Deshpande.
Punigiwala is the first play which is broadcasted in Mumbai’s Doordarshan. Srinivas Shindagi has written 20 plays, out of 20, 15 are the children’s play. Shindagi was the first man who used a tape recorder to record the music in Marathi Theatre.
At the time of Daha Lakhacha Dhani, Shindagi used this tape recorder method. Padma Chavan, a well-known name in Marathi theatre, made her debut with this play.
For social awareness, he wrote the musical play ‘Bhumipujnache Vanpujan’. This play got the best literature award from Maharashtra State government. He gave financial help to the revolutionaries of Goa-Mukti Battle.