Roopvedh Pratishthan will be presenting the prestigious Tanveer Sanman 2015 to renowned English theatre personality Alyque Padamsee, and the Tanveer Natyadharmee Puraskar 2015 to Pradeep Mulye. Senior theatre artiste and founder of the organisation Dr. Shreeram Lagoo will hand over the awards at a ceremony on December 9 at Yashwantrao Chavan Natyagruha in Kothrud at 6.30 pm.
At the age of seven, Padamsee began his theatre journey with The Merchant of Venice. He made his debut in the English theatre in Mumbai with a well-received production of The Taming of the Shrew and went on to create over 70 plays.
In his 60-odd years of theatre life, Padamsee staged plays by acclaimed international playwrights such as Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams as well as popular Indian playwrights such as Rifat Shamim, Ismat Chugtai and Vijay Tendulkar. “For me, the theatre of ideas is more relevant than the theatre of entertainment,” he says.
The Taming of the Shrew featured his fiancée Pearl Waiz who later became Pearl Padamsee. The couple’s partnership resulted in several well-received productions like Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, All My Sons and The Crucible, John Steinbeck’s Mice and Men and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Days Journey into Night.
In addition to innumerable lifetime achievement awards conferred upon him, Padamsee is also the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Tagore Ratna award and Padmashree Puraskar given by the Government of India.
Tanveer Sanman was introduced by Roopvedh in 2004, the year the organisation was established.
Lagoo was largely instrumental in founding the Roopvedh Pratishthan with an aim to honour people who have made enormous contributions to the field of theatre on a national level. The award was named after Tanveer, Lagoo’s son, who expired in an unfortunate accident.