Nipun Dharmadhikari is one of the most talented young drama artists and producers working on the Marathi stage.
He is the founder of Pune-based theater house “Natak Company”. This young artist is well known for reviving century-old sangeet-nataks (musical dramas), five-act plays performed through the night in Shakespearean tradition, that were lost on contemporary theatre-goers.
Natak Company set up by Dharmadhikari in 2009, is self-funded and self-managed.
The 50-member unit scripts, accomplish, direct and produce the stage shows elegantly. They say that they always strive to explore theater, not to do the business of it. These plays have been received cheerfully not only in the Marathi theater boundary but also at festivals in the United States of America and at Bharat Rang Mahotsav (the prestigious theater festival of Delhi’s National School of Drama).
His experimental work got the vote of confidence from esteemed theater personalities. They say that Nipun has many strings to his bow, especially his excellence on international platforms add more taste his achievement.
Before finding his feet in professional theater, Dharmadhikari was a name to reckon within Pune’s vibrant amateur theater circuit. Born in a disciplinary academic household, he joined Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce as it was well-known for its cultural activities”. In 2003, he started acting in plays for Purushottam Karandak, Pune’s coveted inter-collegiate theater competition.
He debuted with Cycle, a play based on a story by Marathi writer that won all the awards and suddenly became popular as a theater actor. He further adds that “Samanvay” a contemporary theater group in Pune, encouraged us to achieve 25 shows in 10 months. This play has motivated us to perform even more enthusiastically.
Later he has followed up with “Lose Control” a story of three teenagers living with sexual fantasies. “Cycle” is a homely and family entertainer play. It was only when film and theater celebrities made a slam-bang for Lose Control that Nipun started to be taken seriously.
Nipun is a risk-taker and he considers it as his big strength. He was forced into direction as his seniors passed out. Nipun is a futuristic director who has directed plays which are ahead of their times, and he has always worked hard for every play. Under his direction, many of them applauded Dharmadhikari for pushing his actors to great heights. He has given good platform to many debut actors and they still remember nipun for such good opportunity.
After his brief rendezvous with cinema he carved the script for Nautanki Saala (2013) He further says that the resources at film are so vast that you really need to be patient and smart while choosing them. Theatre, on the other hand, is laid back and grows when you are relaxed and He likes this fact.