Debasis Majumdar

Shri Debasis Majumdar was born in Bakhtiarpur, Bihar, in 1950, and grew to adulthood in Calcutta amid the political turbulence of the early 1970s. Starting out as a poet in Bengali, he found his true calling as a dramatist with the production of Dansagar in 1975, based on Premchand’s well-known story Kafan. Shri Majumdar formed the theatre company Sudrak in 1977 and launched its first production Amitakshar the same year — his first major success. The play subsequently won the West Bengal Natya Akademi’s award (1980) and was performed in several Indian languages. Samabartan, Asamapta, Chandalini, Ishabasha, Prati- nidhi, Swapna Santati, and Rangamati are Debasis Majumdar’s other plays, all produced by Sudrak and all published in literary periodicals; some of the plays have also been anthologized and transla- ted into Hindi and English. In all, Shri Majumdar has written twenty-four full-length plays, a number of short plays, and numerous critical essays on theatre history. Besides awards for Amit- akshar, he has been honoured with the Paschim Banga Natya Akademi’s award twice for his plays Swapna Santati (1986) and Rangamati (1999). Shri Debasis Majumdar receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribu- tion as a playwright to Indian theatre.