Vishnupant Govind Damle

Vishnupant Govind Damle (14 October 1892 – 5 July 1945) was an Indian production designer, cinematographer, film director and sound engineer for Marathi films. His 1937 film Sant Tukaram was the first Indian film to be screened at an international film festival.[1] It won a "Special Recommendation" at the 5th Venice International Film Festival.[2]

Vishnupant Govind Damle
Vishnupant Govind Damle

14 October 1892
Bombay, British India
Died5 July 1945 (1945-07-06) (aged 52)
Pune, Maharashtra
Notable work
Maharathi Karna
Sant Tukaram
Sant Dnyaneshwar
Sant Sakhu


Damle was born at Pen, 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 with V. Shantaram, Fattelal and Keshavrao Dhaiber.[3] There he was head of the sound department and introduced new technologies in the playback Marathisprachigen film.

As a director at Prabhat Film Company Damle, he and Fattelal created the "saints" films, such as Sant Tukaram (1936), which was declared one of the three top films at the Venice Film Festival and received a special mention. His last film was Sant Sakhu (1941).

Film Ayodyecha Raja, produced by Prabhat Film Company, in 1932 had Damle as its sound recordist. This is the first available talkie film of Indian film industry.

Damle Fattelal duo had done cinematography for Prabhat's following silent films

Gopal Krishna 1929
Khooni Khanjar 1930
Rani Sahiba urfa Bajarbattu 1930
Udaykal 1930
Chandrasena 1931
Julum 1931

Damle had done sound recording of following films produced by Prabhat

Ayodhyecha Raja 1932
Agni Kankan - Jalti Nishani in Hindi 1932
Maya Machindra 1932
Sinhagad 1933
Sairandhri 1933
Amrit Manthan 1934
Chandrasena 1935
Dharmatma 1935

Films directed by Damle And Fattelal duo in Prabhat film company

Sant Tukaram year 1936
Sant Dyneshwar year 1940
Gopal Krishna year 1938
Ramshastri year 1944
Sant Sakhu year 1942

He died on 5 July 1945 in Pune, Maharashtra.



  1. ^ "Citation on the participation of Sant Tukaram in the 5th Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematographica in 1937". National Film Archive of India. Archived from the original on 8 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Venice Film Festival: The 30s". Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Prabhat film company".

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