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Jadhav Natya Sansar

The place most frequented by dramatis personae!

Located in the most crowded area of the city, Budhwar Peth, Jadhav Natya Sansar is a very atypical shop where even a pauper can become a king! One might wonder how. Mavla for a changeThe place hires out costumes to dramatis personae. Suits, salwar-kurtas, toupees, wigs, beards and moustaches - you get anything and everything here! Flutes, drums, swords, crowns, almost anything is available on hire! Finding your way to the place is not very difficult. It's immediately on the right side of the road off the Dagduseth temple. A narrow staircase takes you to the shop situated on the first floor of a very old Wada, the Walvekar Wada.The owner, Vishwasrao Jadhav, who runs the shop, reminisces: "My father Madhavrao Jadhav was into dramatics and many a time it used to be very difficult for him and his co-artists to get the required attire. It was then that the idea to set up a Jadhav Natya Sansar,  A place to change for better  or  worseplace where one could hire costumes cropped up. Initially it all started amongst friends, so much so that the place was known as the 'friends' club'. Later it was open to outsiders." He further elaborates, "At times, however, the borrowed goods were never returned and it became mandatory for Baba to keep some amount as deposit. Consequently, he turned it into his profession."

The shop was started in 1948 at the present location. Being the only such shop for quite a while, the shop has catered to the needs of famous theatre personalities like Jabbar Patel, Mohan Agashe, Satish Alekar among others. The shop also provided outfits for the renowned play 'Ghashiram Kotwal'.

Numerous institutions like Shivranjani, Bharat Natya Mandir and Vishwas Rao Jadhav - The master of disguise!Theatre Academy are regulars at this shop.  Vishwasrao proudly displays the shields and trophies conferred on him as tokens of acknowledgement from various reputed institutions like the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Natya Parishad and the Naadbrahma. At present, the shop helps FTIIians dress up! All the costumes required for their performances are hired from here. The center for performing arts of the Pune University also gets the shop's offerings. The business does not end here. The shop also provides turbans of different kinds and hues to be tied over the heads of the idols of the saints like Tukaram and Dnyaneshwar for several religious events taking place in the villages.  Puneites, this is just the place to hire your attire!


Address: Jadhav Natya Sansar, 1067, Budhwar Peth, Behind City Post Office, Pune 411 002.
447 1445

Open from 9.30 am to 1 pm and 3.30 to 8 pm

-Vaishali Deshpande



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