Art Culture at Deccan College: Historical Background

Debut Performance of Bal Gandharva at Deccan College (1898)

नारायण श्रीपाद राजहंस - बालगंधर्व -

The stalwart of Marathi sangeet natak and natya sangeet, Bal Gandharva (Narayan Shripad Rajhans), used to perform in the garden facing the main porch of Deccan College. The Deccan College was a fashionable refuge of connoisseurs, where Balgandharva was the darling of music - crazy students. His musical programmes were often arranged and feasts, photo sessions, presentations of award in his honour were a routine thing. Narayan had given his first concert here at the age of 10. All that he got by way of payment was a jari cap and a black woollen coat.

An age which combined the extraordinary talents of the dramatist Khadilkar and the actor Bal Gandharva (till 1930s).

दीपस्तंभ - Maharashtra Today
It considers Krushnaji Prabhakar Khadilkar along with Bal Gandharva as "the architect of what later on came to be called the golden age of the Marathi drama. It’s a matter of pride that Khadilkar was graduated from Deccan College (1892) and he was closely associated with Sanskrit and English Plays during his college days.

Illustrious alumni Dramatists - Novelists passed through Deccan College Portal

महाराष्ट्र गानाचा निर्माता
'बहु असोत सुंदर संपन्न की महा' हे महाराष्ट्राचे गौरवगीत रचणारे चतुरस्त्र साहित्यिक श्रीपाद कृष्ण कोल्हटकर
Shripad Krushna Kolhatkar, a Marathi dramatist and play writer, was graduated from Deccan College in 1891. He wrote his first play at 17, and acted in a Sanskrit play as a student of this college (where N.C. Kelkar was his classmate). Kirloskar Drama Company had produced Veeratanaya, a play by Kolhatkar, when he was a student of the college. That was a milestone in the progress of the musical play.

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Narasimha Chintaman Kelkar

Narasimha Chintaman Kelkar (N.C. Kelkar), popularly known as Sahityasamrat Tatyasaheb Kelkar, a Marathi dramatist, novelist

Padma Bhushan Adya Rangacharya

Padma Bhushan Adya Rangacharya, known as R.V. Jagirdar till 1948, later popularly known by his pen name Sriranga, was an Indian Kannada and Sanskrit writer, novelist, dramatist, director, actor, Sahitya Akademi Award and Kannada Sangeet Natak Akademi Award winner. He was graduated in 1925 from Deccan College with Sanskrit subject. He contributed his entire life for Kannada theatre.
Adya Rangacharya | Kannada Theater | Novelist | Personalities

Publication on Natyashastra by Deccan College

Aesthetic Rapture - The Rasadhyaya of The Natyasastra in Two Volumes (An  Old and Rare Book)
Masson, J.L. and M.V. PatwardhanAesthetic Rapture: The Rasādhyāya of the Natyaśāstra. 2 vols. Deccan College Building Centenary and Silver Jubilee Series 69. Poona: Deccan College Postgraduate and Research Institute, 1970.

Illustrious Award Winning Writers/Poets, who were Professors at the Deccan College

Sir Edwin Arnold

Sir Edwin Arnold , an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work The Light of Asia was the Principal of Deccan College (1857-60)
Edwin Arnold - Wikipedia

कृष्णशास्त्री चिपळूणकर - YouTube

Krishna Shastri Chiplunkar

Krishna Shastri Chiplunkar , a Marathi Writer, was Professor of Sanskrit in the college (1850)

Tryambak Shankar Shejwalkar

Tryambak Shankar Shejwalkar , an award-winning historian, Reader of Maratha History, and recipient of following awards
  • Panipat 1761: Deccan College Publication, Pune 1946
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1966)for Shri Shiv Chhatrapati
Tryambak Shankar Shejwalkar - Wikipedia

Prof. Narayan Govind Kalelkar

Prof. Narayan Govind Kalelkar , Professor of Indo-European Philology, Head of the Department of Linguistics, and recipient of following awards
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1967) for Bhasha: Itihas Ani Bhoogol

Prof. Irawati Karve

Prof. Irawati Karve , Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (1968) for Yugant
Irawati Karve: A Pioneer of Indian Sociology | #IndianWomenInHistory

केळकर, अशोक रामचंद्र | महाराष्ट्र नायक

Prof. Ashok Kelkar

Prof. Ashok Kelkar , Professor of Applied Linguistics, Director of the Centre of Advanced Studies in Linguistics
  • Padma Shri (2002)
  • Sahitya Akademi Award (2010) for Rujuvaat

Illustrious alumni, Award Winning Writers passed through Deccan College portal

Vishnushastri Krushnashastri Chiplunkar

Vishnushastri Krushnashastri Chiplunkar , a Marathi writer whose writings have had a decisive influence on modern Marathi prose
चिपळूणकर, विष्णुशास्त्री कृष्णशास्त्री – profiles

आपटे, हरी नारायण | महाराष्ट्र नायक

Hari Narayan Apte

Hari Narayan Apte , a Marathi writer

Bhalchandra Nemade

Bhalchandra Nemade , a Marathi Writer and Poet and recipient of following awards
  • Sahitya Akademi Award(1990) for Teeka Svayamwar
  • Padma Shri (2011)
  • Jnanpith Award (2014)
भालचंद्र नेमाडे (Bhalchandra Nemade) – मराठी विश्वकोश

Illustrious alumni, Musicologist passed through Deccan College portal

Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande

Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande (Musicologist who wrote the first modern treatise on Hindustani classical music) was graduated from Deccan College (1885).

Honour of Kathak Dancers by Deccan College

Pandita Rohini Bhate, Kathak Dancer, was been conferred with the degree of Doctorate in Literature (DLit) from Deccan College in 2004 for her outstanding contribution to Kathak.

Guru Rohini Bhate

Sharvari Jamenis

Sharvari Jamenis, Kathak Dancer, Choreographer and Actress, is been invited as chief guest for the inaugural function of Deccan College Art Circle going to be held on 31st March 2023, where she is going to give her classical dance performance.
Sharvari Jamenis is an accomplished actress from the Marathi film industry

About the Art Circle

The Deccan College Art Circle is initiated to promote and enhance the Performing Arts (like Dramatics, Dance, Music, and Singing), Fine Arts (such as Drawing, Painting, Sketching, Writing, Literature, Culture, Traditions), Visual Arts ( like Films, Photography) and other Global Art forms in the campus which will develop, enrich and foster oneness amongst the staffs and students of the Deccan College.

Organising Committee

Following the guidelines of NEP 2020, as a part of our university's goal for holistic education, an Organising Committee of the Deccan College Art Circle has been formed consisting of the following members:

1) Prof. Pramod Pandey, Vice-Chancellor Patron
2) Dr. Pradnya Kulkarni, Dept. of Sanskrit & Lexicography Convenor
3) Dr. Trupti More, Librarian Member
4) Dr. Amrita Sarkar, Dept. of A.I.H.C. and Archaeology Member
5) Dr. Shubhangi Kardile, Dept. of Linguistics Member
6) Mrs. Pratibha Hole, Head Clerk-cum-Accountant Member
7) Shri Devdatta Phule, Draughtsman Member
8) Shri Sumit Jadhav, Photographer Member
9) Shri Vijay Kute, Accountant, Trust Office Member
10) Shri Anil Dhumal, Clerk-cum-Typist Member
11) Ms. Anchal Student Representative

Activities (2023-24)

Inculcating value system among staffs and students of the Deccan College through their active involvement in the various cultural activities such as:





Hindu lunar months

Gregorian month





Chaitra and Vaishakha

March & April

31 st March 2023




and Ashadha

May & June





July & August




Ashwina and Kartika

Late- September, October & mid-November




Margashirsha and Pausha 

Late November
& December




Magha and 

& February