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Navrang cinematographer Tyagraj Pendharkar passes away at 93


He was the son of the legendary filmmaker Bhalji Pendharkar and nephew of film personalities Baburao Pendharkar and Master Vinayak. 

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Veteran cinematographer Tyagraj Pendharkar passed away yesterday (28 September) at his hometown Kolhapur due to old age complications. He was 93.

Son of the legendary filmmaker Bhalji Pendharkar and nephew of film personalities Baburao Pendharkar and Master Vinayak, Tyagraj was recently admitted to a hospital following an illness. 

He was the man behind the camera in a number of Hindi and Marathi films. Some of his well-known projects include Navrang (1959), Diwana (1967), Samaaj Ko Badal Dalo (1970), Aandhala Marto Dola (1973) and Bal Shivaji (1981), among others. 

He started off as an assistant cinematographer on legendary filmmaker V Shantaram’s classics like Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baje (1955) and Do Ankhen Barah Haath (1957) and worked with Raj Kapoor on Shree 420 (1955). 

During an interaction with Radio Mirchi in 2013, Tyagraj shared that he was strongly influenced by his father, whom he also considered his guru. He added that his respect for his father grew after he came to know about his stature and the respect he commanded in the industry.

He had also written a book, titled Padadyamagcha Manus (The Man Behind The Camera), on his career. 

His last rites were performed yesterday evening.