BENGAL’s Veteran Actor Shobha Sen Has Expired

August 14th, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty
BENGAL’s Veteran Actor Shobha Sen Has Expired


SHOBHA Sen, who was among the foremost theatre personalities of Bengal, actor and director, has passed away in her Kolkata residence. Sen died on Sunday morning following heart failure at her South Kolkata residence. She was suffering from age-related ailments, her family said. Sen is survived by daughter Bishnupriya Dutta who is an academician..Bishnupriya is a Professor of Theatre History in Jawaharlal Nehru University. The wife of thespian Utpal Dutta, Faridpur born Shobha Sen was 93.She had been associated with the leftist theatre movement led by Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) since early 1940s at both the State and the national level. Her acting career spanned over five decades. She worked in some of the path breaking productions in Bengal including Nabanna meaning New Harvest penned by  Bijon Bhattacharya.Besids, she acted in a series of plays written and directed by Utpal  Dutta. Some of the notable ones are Titu Mir, Tiner Talowar and  Barricade.She has worked with several filmmakers like Mrinal Sen, Basu Chatterjee and Gautam Ghose. She also acted in a film by Florian Gallenberger, a German filmmaker. She remained associated with leftist ideology and various left-leaning movements throughout her life. Sen donated her body to a public hospital in Kolkata. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has condoled her death.

After graduating from Bethune College, Sen had joined Gananatya Sangstha and played the lead female role of ‘Nabanna’.Sen later joined the Little Theatre Group in 1953-54 which later became Peoples’ Theatre Group.Sen had also starred in films such as Mrinal Sen’s ‘Ek Adhuri Kahani’ and ‘Ek Din Pratidin’, Gautam Ghose’s ‘Dekha’ and Basu Chatterjee’s ‘Pasand Apni Apni’.She got married to Utpal Dutta in 1960.CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty tweeted  “Comrade Shobha Sen passed away. The brilliant. The Legendary. The Inspirational theatrical personality. Our condolence.”

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