The Unfortunate Story of Dashavtar Artist Omprakash Chavan.

’कोकणचा बालगंधर्व’ असा ज्याचा उल्लेख केला जातो, देशभरातील अनेक मान्यवरांनी ज्यांची प्रशंसा केली, देशभरातील प्रतिष्ठेचे कैक पुरस्कार ज्याच्या अभिनयाने आपल्याकडे खेचून आणले,झगमगत्या दुनियेतील मोठमोठी यशाची शिखरे पादाक्रांत करू शकतील अशा अनेक संधी पायाशी चालत आल्या असतानाही दशावतारी कलेवरच्या नितांत श्रद्धेने ज्याने त्याकडे पाठ फिरवली, त्या कलाकाराच्या आजारपणाच्या खर्चासाठी आपलं सौभाग्यलेणं गहाण ठेवायची पाळी सौभाग्यवतीवर यावी यासारखे ’सांस्कृतिक दुर्दैव’दुसरे कोणते असू शकते?

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Dashavatar, the most popular art form in Konkan. Dance ritual dramas are held in most of the temples, Interesting characters, Apsaras (Heavenly Maidens), Mens playing their role in women’s attire. This is Dashavtar for us.

Omprakash Yashwant Chavan hail from Malvan District of Konkan region. He is a  traditional Dashavatari artist and performs wious roles in different plays right from an unmarried naughty princes to a married pativrata, a maharani to a widow and even a young mother. His get, appearance, jesters, speech, his melodious singing and meticulous impersonation is so art that  people mistake him as an actress. Omprakash has completed 16 years in the progressed drama group, “Naik Mochemadkar Dashavatari Natya Mandal” and has received the most coveted Vasant dasai Puruskar for his impressive performance Dashavatar Traditional Musical Folk Theatre.

On 1st October, Omprakash Chavan suffered a heart attack. This Facebool post by Swapnil Parab tells the Dark Side of Dashavatari Artists.

Another Facebook page, रात्र दशावताराची posted contact numbers and Bank details to help Chavan family.

Prathamesh Omprakash Chavan
A/c no : 20254403499
Ifsc No. : SBIN0000420
State bank of India, Malvan branch

Mandar Joshi 8879316753 (Mumbai)
Ram Rane 75060 24181 (Mumbai)
Suhas Malkar 9404753392 (Malvan )
Amol Rane 7083873314 (Kankavli)

The Facebook post can be found here.

 

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