Dr. Agashe has been acknowledged as one of the finest actors on the stage and screen, playing a memorable range of characters throughout his illustrious career. Beginning with an acting tour-de-force as the machiavellian Nana Phadnavis in Vijay Tendulkar’s internationally acclaimed play Ghashiram Kotwal, Agashe went on to great heights in a succession of plays and award winning films by masters like Satyajit Ray, Mira Nair, Shyam Benegal, Gautam Ghose and Jabbar Patel.
He also introduced contemporary Indian Theatre to Europe and North America as an actor-manager of Theatre Academy’s overseas tours to present Vijay Tendulkar’s folk musical play ‘Ghashiram Kotwal’ invited to International Theatre Festivals of Berlin (Festwochen 1980), Lille (1980) Belgrade (BITEF 1989) Quebec (1986) and Baltimore (Theatre of Nations 1986) besides guest performances in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Moscow, and many cities of North America
He was awarded ‘The Goethe Medal’ – Official Decoration of German Government, by the President of The Goethe Institute in March 2004 for his pioneering work with Grips Theatre Berlin in India. He is also the recipient of Prestigious ‘Bundesverdienskreuz’ (The Cross of Order of Merit) from the President of Federal Republic of Germany in 2002 and Sangeet Natak Academy Award for Theatre (Highest National Honour in Arts in 1996, he was conferred ‘Padma Shri’ by President of India in 1990.
Dr. Agashe was also the Director of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India, Pune from 1997 to 2002.