Artist, sculptor and ace photographer Bhalchandra Dattatray Mondhe alias Bhalu Mondhe and Sushil Doshi, the first cricket commentator in Hindi, have been conferred the Padmashree award that were announced on Monday. They are the only two awardees from Madhya Pradesh.
A graduate from Dusseldorf Arts Academy, Germany, 78-year-old Mondhe had a passion for photography from an early age and started photography at the age of 17. Sharing his pride with the entire city where he was born and brought up, Mondhe said, “I am very happy . . . the happiest I have been in my life and so is my wife, son and daughter.”
He said that he had always tried to capture his vision through his camera lens. “I have never considered the camera and the lens as a burden to carry, but as my extension,” said a visibly happy Mondhe.
A founding member of the Natures Volunteers Club, Mondhe is also the author of two books on birds. He is also an avid bird watcher and has been instrumental in the revival of Sirpur lake in Indore, which is now a safe haven for many endangered birds.
Sushil Joshi is the face of Hindi cricket commentary in the country. At a time when English cricketers monopolised the commentary scene, Joshi took up Hindi commentary in 1968 after completing his engineering course from SGS Institute Technology and Sciences in Indore.
“Commentating is like saying the truth. You cannot hide anything or mislead your listeners or viewers,” said Sushil Doshi, (68), who was given the award for his contribution in the field of Hindi commentary in the last 48 years.
Describing his five-decade long journey in the field of commentary, Doshi, who has covered over 400 ODIS and twenty20 and 75 Tests, said, “ Since childhood, I liked to imitate other’s expressions. Later, I found commentary as the best way to express ourselves. Being good at Hindi helped me lot in my job.”
Sharing reactions of himself and his family after knowing of the achievement, Doshi said, “My mother was the most happiest person in my family and her happiness is the biggest reward for me in the world.” The 68-year-old commentary legend lives with his 91-year-old mother, wife, two sons and four grand-children. He is the only commentator to cover nine world cups in the world.
Sharing a tip for aspirants in commentary, Doshi said, “Knowledge of easy and grammatically correct language is key to success in the field of commentary.”