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Guru Chandrakant Hadkar is son of Late Shri Ramchandra Hadkar and Late Smt. Sitabai Hadkar. Guruji was born on 15th July 1922. At the age of 12 Guruji came to Bombay & worked as a Commercial Designer at blockmaking company & later worked as a Commercial Artist at Mehboob Productions & Atre Pictures. Guruji worked as an Asst. Art Director with noted Art Director Shri Dada Palnitkar. Guruji’s dance training started at Kala Premee, Shri Bhargavram Pange’s Sangeet Nrityakala Mandir Parel under Guru Chandrashekar Pillai and Nritya Maharshi Achharya Parvati Kumar. At the age of 16, in year 1938, Guruji gave his 1st stage performance as Baji Phasalkar in the natak “Ponha Hindu”. costumes were prepared by dance Director Shri. Harish Petle. Guruji performed several challenging characters in the Ballet, the inspiration behind his abhinay was great stage actors Shri. Nana Saheb Phatak & Shri. Master Dattram.

 

Guruji was awarded ' Maharashtra Rajya Sanskrutik Award' (Pandit Gopi Krishna Memorial Award) by Maharashtras Chief Minister Mr. Narayan Rane, Mr. Anil Deshmukh, Mr. Pramod Navlkar, year 1999.

Guruji Learned :

 

Ballet technique & Bharatanatyam from Nritya Maharshi Acharya Parvati Kumar 1940.

 

Kathakali from Kathkali Vidwan Guru Karunakar Panikar 1947.

 

Bharatanatyam from Bharatanatyam Vidwan Guru Chandrashekar Pillai 1950.

 

Kathak from Kathak Acharya Pandit Hazarilal 1950.

 

Manipuri from Manupuri Expert Guru Murlidhar Salvi 1952.

 

Bharatanayam from Bharatanayam Guru & Vocalist Guru Venugopal Pillai 1986.