Marathi stage artist Sadanand Joshi passed away on Wednesday morning following a cardiac arrest, family sources said.
Joshi (86) is survived by his wife Asha and a son, Nilesh and daughter Nilima.
Joshi has performed around 300 stage shows. His contributions include 'Hasya Kallol', 'Swami', 'Mee Atre Boltoi', which is based on the life of Acharya Atre, a noted playwright.
His uncle Madhav Manohar, a Marathi play critic, has been his source of inspiration.
The artist received the President award in 1950 for 'Shyamchi Aayee' for his role as a protagonist in the play.
Joshi was awarded scholarship in 1961 by the Maharashtra Government for his mono acting which he learnt from a French actor Marshall Marspo.
He also received the Akhil Bhartiya Natya Parishad award in the year 1990.
Joshi was imprisoned for few days at the time of Indian independence.
Joshi was born and brought up in Nashik. He came to Mumbai at the age of 15 and was staying with his uncle.