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A Rare Pearl

Zany, unique, uncompromising, intuitive-Pearl Padamsee was all this and much more

A Rare Pearl
A Rare Pearl
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It took the passing of Pearl Padamsee for the main newspapers in Mumbai (four English and three Indian language dailies) to resonate in unison on their front pages. Rare enough. But Pearl Padamsee, in the 50 years I knew her, was rarer still.

For at least three of the five decades, she supplied a lot of what was red in the veins of city theatre, certainly the English theatre. First as actor and then as director/producer, Pearl Padamsee took the risks, developed the style and created the people. On this last and key achievement, Shyam Benegal said at the city’s crematorium, before her final exit, "She created several generations of actors. In that she is unique."

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