Vishnupant Govind Damle
|Vishnupant Govind Damle|
|Birth name||Vishnupant Govind Damle|
|Born||October 14, 1892 |
Bombay, British India
|Died||July 5, 1945 |
|Works||Maharathi Karna |
Vishnupant Govind Damle (14 October 1892-5 July 1945) was an Indian production designer, cinematographer, film director and sound engineer for Marathi films.
Damle was born in Bombay, Raigad District, Maharashtra on 14 October 1892. He learned stage painting from Anandrao Painter, Baburao Painter's cousin, with whom he co-founded the Maharashtra Film Company in 1918. He worked as a decorator, set designer, actor, cinematographer and film developer. One of his colleagues, Fattelal Sheikh, worked closely with Damle until his death. Together, they had their directorial debut with the release of the 1928 silent film Maharathi Karna.
Damle left the Maharashtra Film Company in 1929 and founded the Prabhat film company Sitarampant Kulkarni with V. Shantaram, Fattelal and Keshavrao Dhaiber. There he was head of the sound department and introduced new technologies in the playback Marathisprachigen film. Occasionally, he also acted as producer, such as in Kunku Shantaram (Duniya Na Mane) (1937).
As a director at Prabhat Damle, he and Fattelal created the "saints" films, such as Sant Tukaram (1936), which was shown fifth place at the Venice Film Festival and received a special mention. His last film was Sant Sakhu (1941).
He died on 5 July 1945 in Pune, Maharashtra.
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