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     1'''Vishnupant Pagnis (1892-1943)''' 
     4Professional actor on the Marathi Sangeet 
     5Natak from the age of 10; part of Kolhapur’s 
     6Swadeshi Hitchantak Natak Mandali where he 
     7played the female roles of Sharada and 
     8Shakuntala in command performances for the 
     9Shahu Maharaj. Appeared in some silent 
     10Maharashtra Film movies but became known 
     11for his female roles in Mama Warerkar’s first 
     12play, Kunjvihari (1908), and in Tembe’s 
     13Shivraj Natak where he played the heroine in 
     14the Hindi version of Siddhasansar. His style is 
     15said to have been strongly influenced by the 
     16Gujarati actor of female roles, Jaishankar 
     17Sundari. He became a music teacher in a 
     18municipal school when his stage career flagged 
     19and was a last-minute casting decision in the 
     20lead of Sant Tukaram (1936). Apparently 
     21remained under the spell of the great saint-poet 
     22whom he played. Was thereafter in some 
     23demand as a keertan singer. He did four more 
     24films, all in the Saint films genre, with Jayant 
     25Desai and Vjay Bhatt. Functioned as music 
     26director for Sant Janabai (1938). His 
     27performance as Tukaram has become a major 
     28reference-point in debates about Indian 
     29performance idioms: e.g. Kumar Shahani’s 
     30essay The Saint Poets of Prabhat, 1981; Geeta 
     31Kapur’s Mythic Material in Indian Cinema, 
     35'''FILMOGRAPHY''' (* also music d): 1921: 
     36Surekha Haran; 1924: Poona Raided; 
     371936: Sant Tukaram; 1938: Sant Janabai 
     38(music d only); 1939: Sant Tulsidas*; 
     391940: Narsi Bhagat; 1943: Mahatma 
     40Vidur; Bhakta Raaj.