Amitava Dasgupta

Shri Amitava Dasgupta was born in 1947 in Pune. A graduate of Calcutta University, he has taken a course in theatre direction at the National School of Drama in Delhi. Having worked under eminent directors such as Ebrahim Alkazi and Fritz Bennewitz , Shri Amitava Dasgupta established his own theatre company Brechtian Mirror in 1971. The group has produced over forty plays to date including Euripides’ Iphigenia in Aulis and Bacchae, Galsworthy’s The Strife, Manoj Mitra’s Madhukanthi Sanp, Bankimchandra’s Muchiram Gur, and Frederic Duranmatt’s The Physicists. His production of Brecht’s The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui was a successful amalgamation of Brechtian theatre with the Jatra form of Bengal. With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Shri Amitava Dasgupta has worked for the revival of folk theatre forms in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu. He has also directed a feature film, Abua Birsa, on the life of the legendary tribal leader Birsa Munda. He is visiting faculty at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Adminis- tration, Mussoorie, and has since 1996 regularly organized workshops on theatre in schools in Himachal Pradesh. Shri Dasgupta received the Best Set Design award of Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi, in 1986, and the Best Director Award conferred by Bharatiya Natya Sangh in 1990. Shri Amitava Dasgupta receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion to Indian theatre as a director.