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Pendse, ‘Mama’ Chintamani Govind

The Oxford Companion to Indian Theatre
Ananda Lal

Pendse, ‘Mama’ Chintamani Govind (1906–?): 

actor in *Marathi theatre. Born in Sangli, he received only basic education. After stints in *Aundhkar's Samarth Natak Mandali and the Ramesh Natak Mandali during the 1920s and 1930s, he joined the Lalitkaladarsha Natak Mandali in 1942, where his acting in *Warerkar's Satteche gulam won tremendous appreciation. Disciplined and versatile, he shone in mythological, historical, as well as social vehicles like *Deval's Samshaykallol and Sharada or *Khadilkar's Sawai Madhavraowancha mrityu and Bhaubandaki. He memorably acted Nana Phadnavis in *Mumbai Marathi Sahitya Sangh's award-winning production of Bhaubandaki (1944). Although he underwent five surgeries between 1945 and 1957, he continued to perform for *Rangnekar's Natyaniketan and several other companies in later life. He acted in more than 100 productions. He also directed some plays, contributed to the experimental theatre, and briefly acted in films.