Shreeram Lagoo Biography

Shreeram Lagoo Biography
Shreeram Lagoo

He was born on 16 November 1927 at Satara district, in Maharashtra state of India to Dr. Balakrishna Chintaman and Mrs. Satyabhama Lagoo, the eldest of four children. He attended Bhave High School, Fergusson College (University of Pune), and B.J. Medical College in Pune (Pune), India.


He started acting in plays while attending Medical School. Once bitten by the theatre bug, he continued his dramatic activity through the group "Progressive Dramatic Association" which he started with like-minded senior friends like Bhalaba Kelkar. Meanwhile he trained as an ENT surgeon in Mumbai in the early fifties and practised in Pune for 6 years before going to Canada and England for additional training.

He practised medicine in Pune, India and Tabora, Tanzania in the sixties but his theatre activity through Progressive Dramatic Association in Pune and "Rangaayan" in Mumbai continued when he was in India. Finally, in 1969 he became a full time actor on Marathi stage, debuting in the play "Ithe Oshalala Mrityu" written by Vasant Kanetkar. He was the first protagonist of the famous Marathi play Natasamrat written by Kusumagraj (Vishnu Vaman Shirwadkar) and is best remembered for that role. He has a legend status in Marathi cinema, where he has done many memorable movies which include successful movies like Sinhasan, Pinjara, Mukta And many more. His wife, Deepa Lagoo is also a noted theatre, television and film actress

Religious Affiliation

Shriram is a known non-religious rationalist. Once after being conferred with an award called 'Punyabhushan (Pride of Pune)' on behalf of the organization called 'Tridal', he was interviewed by Sudhir Gadgil. When asked about Jabbar Patel's play, wherein Dr. Lagoo had to stand before Lord Vitthal; "did you stand there as a devotee or only as per the demand of the script?", Dr. Lagoo replied "I stood there as if I was standing in front of a 'stone' that is known as Panduranga".

Dr. Lagoo, had written an article titled "Time to Retire God" which provoked hot discussions in the print media and other public platforms in India. This article was written as an introduction to a book on Dr. Abraham Kovoor. In this article Dr. Lagoo logically came to the conclusion that the concept of God is defunct.

Dr.Lagoo is actively associated with the Anti-Superstition movement in Maharashtra. He used to call god as another superstition and his lectures during the ANS programs used to go like this:

“I do not believe in God and I feel it is now time to retire God. Concept of God is a very beautiful product of poet’s imagination and was essential during the initial stages of civilization but the time has come when one should face the world with a completely rational attitude. For the past five thousand years, there has been no proof of the existence of God and faith in a phenomenon, which cannot be proved scientifically, is nothing short of superstition. Many inhuman practices, atrocities and wars have taken place in the name of ‘God’. It is not only necessary, but also our duty to abolish the concept of God to end these consequences because it is a great injustice committed against humanity.

Only rational thinking has the capacity which places person above all living beings but when he / she believes in God he/she gives up this ability and blindly accepts what has been told. He /she submits his/her intellect to passive conditioning and then there is no difference between him/her and an animal. In the early stages of civilization, when human beings began to live in a society, the concept of superior being was necessary to maintain morality, which came out of fear. Also many of the natural phenomena which scared human beings and to which they could not attribute any reason, came to be regarded as manifestations of the divine power. But today when man has the mastery over nature and accepts any theory only after verifying it on a scientific basis, there is no need for the concept of a supreme being. What is needed is a broad based value system of humanity.”

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