Born in 1950 in Allahabad, Shrimati Swatilekha Sengupta is among the best-known actresses of the Bengali stage today.
She started out in theatre in Allahabad in the early
1970s, acting in productions under the direction of Shri A.C. Banerjee.
Subsequently, she has received guidance from Shri B.V. Karanth, Tapas
Sen, and Khaled Chowdhury. Moving to Calcutta, she joined the theatre
group Nandikar in 1978, where she has been working under the direction
of Shri Rudra Prasad Sengupta. It is here that she has made her career
in theatre, playing lead roles in all the major
Shrimati Swatilekha Sengupta has translated and adapted
a number of plays for Nandikar, including Twelve Angry Men, Madhabi,
Bare Bhai Sahab, and Dulia. She has trained several talented
theatre artists of Bengal including Goutam Halder, Debsankar Halder,
Shubhasis Ganguly, and Sohini Sengupta. She has a keen interest in children's
theatre, and has directed a number of plays as part of Nandikar's Theatre-in-Education
Project. Her books on the
She has received honours for her work from the West Bengal Theatre Jounalists’ Association and the Paschim Banga Natya Akademi.
Shrimati Swatilekha Sengupta receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.