Rohidas Shirodkar’s unfortunate demise creates a vacuum in Goa’s Art & Culture sector

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Panaji: It was a black day for the art connoisseur of Goa as they lost their multi-talented persona Rohidas Baburao Shirodkar, who died due to a massive heart attack. He was just 66-year-old and breathed his last at the GMC yesterday.
He excelled in the field of theatre and arts, Shirodkar started his career in theatres with ‘Kha Mare Kha’, which received an award from Kala Academy. The veteran artist did not stop there and continued to entertain the Goan audience with many dramas that he personally wrote including ‘Kella Kashe’,’All in’,’Bhayakrut Vate he’ Aapne and ‘Zap’.
Shirodkar had a Midas Touch. He stood out in every venture he opted for. His contribution to Kaonakni literature was in the form of his book ‘Antaranga’.
Besides his immense contribution in the art and culture sector, Shirodkar had been known for being a dynamic union leader. He never shied away from putting his weight behind the rights of workers. He was very active in protests along with his kin Raju Mangeshkar and Christopher Fonseca.
“It’s rare that we come across a person who is so diverse with his skills and talents. Usually a person excels in one field. But, Rohidas had given his best not only as a writer but also as a director, actor, leader and politician,” Shailesh Borkar told Goa News Hub while remembering his friend.
In 1966, he co-produced ‘Udhvast Sansar’ a konkani short-movie, along with his close friend Milind Mhadgut. His tryst with movies didn’t end here and he solely produced another film ‘Tyag’. Incidentally, this movie was well received by the audience and won first prize at the 2nd State Film Festival.
Noted Konkani writer N. Shivdas, Union Leader and artist Adv Raju Mangeshkar, Namdev Shet have condoled the death of Shirodkar.
On behalf of Goa News Hub, we also pay our rich tributes to the great soul.

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