Memories of great personalities were visited through ‘Vandya Vande Mataram’

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In the film ‘Vande Mataram’, Pu.La. (P.L.Deshpande) and Sunitabai acted the roles of hero and heroine for the first time. For this film, story, screenplay and songs were written by Gadima (G D Madgulkar). Music was by Shri Sudhir Phadke. The producer of this film was Swami Vijnananand. He, in fact, brought these great creative artists together in this film ‘Vande Mataram’. While shooting this film, these great artists used to bring things required on the set from their homes. The director of this film Ram Gabale saved the print of this film from destruction during the riots which erupted after Gandhiji’s murder. Refreshing many such memories, dignitaries saluted Pu.La, Gadima, Babuji and the founder of Manashakti Research Centre, Swami Vijnananand, on the occasion of his birth centenary.

This event was jointly held by Manashakti Research Centre, Lonavla; Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad and National Film Archives. Respected senior cartoonist S.D. Phadnis was the chief guest. Other dignitaries who attended were reputed singer Shridhar Phadke, Gadima’s grandson Sumitra Madgulkar, Director of National Film Archives Prakash Magdum, executive trustee of Manashakti Centre Pramodbhai Shinde, Trustee Gajanan Kelkar, working president of Maharashtra sahitya parishad Prof. Milind Joshi, chief secretary Prakash Paygude, and treasurer Sunitaraje pawar.

On this occasion, Rajiv Barve, Anjali Malkar, Shahir Hemant Mavale and colleagues presented songs from the film ‘Vande Mataram’. Reputed singer Shridhar Phadke sang the song ‘vandya vande mataram’. Dr Varsha Todmal was the anchor.

S. D. Phadnis said, “Swami Vijnananand, i.e.,P .R. Bhide before sanyas, was an extraordinarily talented person. I made drawings for his periodical ‘Manashakti’. I was lucky to be closely associated with all these four talented people-Pu.La., Gadima, Babuji and Swami Vijnananand. I was present at the marriage function of Sudhir Phadke held in Sahitya Parishad.”

Prof Milind Joshi said that though the fields of creative work were different for Pu.La.,Gadima, Babuji and Swami Vijnananand, they had a harmonious communication between them. The time of the film Vande Mataram was a time of growth for them all. The friendship between them in those days was close and healthy. These people could create great works because of their passion to produce the very best.

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