Niranjan Goswami

Born in 1949 in Sonargaon in Dhaka district of Bengal now a part of Bangladesh, Shri Niranjan Goswami studied drama at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, obtaining a Master’s degree. He trained in mime with Jogesh Dutta from 1966 to 1969 at the latter’s institution Padaboli, and trained himself in theatre working with Sombhu Mitra at Bohurupee between 1970 and 1975. He established the Indian Mime Theatre in 1976. Shri Goswami has advanced the practice of mime as an independent genre in Indian theatre with his performances over the past two decades.
Among his significant produc- tions are Sonarganyer Meye (1983), Dena Paona (1989), Srikanta (1990), Beej (1995), and Nagamandala (1997). Most of these are based on well-known literary works. To build up an audience for mime, Shri Goswami has been organizing festivals of mime theatre since the mid-1980s. He has also taught mime at several institutions, including the National School of Drama in Delhi, the Trissur School of Drama, and the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. He has given lecture- demonstrations at the University of California at Los Angeles, U.S.A., and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. Shri Goswami has been working with deaf children for several years, some of whom have won young Talent Scholarships of the Govern- ment of India. He has performed in the World Youth Festival (1989) in Pyongyang, North Korea, and the Shanghai International Art Festival (2002) in China, and has besides toured Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the United States as a cultural delegate.
Among other honours, he has received the All India Critics Association Award in 1998. He was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Govern- ment of India, in 2001.
Shri Niranjan Goswami receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his excel- lence as an actor in mime.