Gita Dey

Shrimati Gita Dey was born in 1931 at Hazaribagh, now in the State of Jharkhand. She took her first steps on the stage as child artist under the direction of Naresh Mitra, and subse- quently Ahindra Choudhuri, during a period extending from 1938 to 1947. She worked under the great actor Sisir Kumar Bhaduri, her chief mentor, from 1950 to 1956, and thereafter with Premangsu Bose and Deb- narayan Gupta up to the early 1970s. Her performances over this period were under the banner of the Natya Niketan, Natya Bharati, Rangmahal, Srirangam, and Star theatres. From 1971 up to 1996, she has acted in plays produced by other theatres including Aban Mahal and Rangana. Some of the well-known productions in which Shrimati Dey has acted over these six decades are Kalindi directed by Naresh Mitra (1938), Anandamath directed by Ahindra Choudhuri (1941), Alamgir directed by Sisir Bhaduri (1952), Srikanto directed by Debnarayan Gupta (1956), and Noorjehan directed by Premangsu Bose. Like many other thespians of her generation, Shrimati Gita Dey has also worked continu- ously in the cinema, in radio plays, and later in television serials. She has acted in about four hundred films in Bengali since the 1950s, including Ritwick Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara, Subarnarekha, and Komal Gandhar, Satyajit Ray’s Teen Kanya, Tapan Sinha’s Haatey Bazaarey, and Rituparna Ghosh’s Sunglass 2006. She has received a number of honours for her work including the Star Medal of Calcutta University (1998), and felicitations from the Bengal Film Journalists Association and All India Radio (1964, 2003). Shrimati Gita Dey receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre as an actress.