Born in 1935 in Kolkata, Shri Soumitra Chatterjee graduated with honours in Bengali
literature from the University of Calcutta.
Gifted with a rich voice, he started his career as an announcer in All India Radio, but joined the theatre as an actor soon afterwards. Among the most popular actors of Bengal, Shri Soumitra Chatterjee has performed in a number of plays including Rajkumar, Tapasi, Nabajiban, Ratnadip, Durgesh-nandini, Andha Yug and Bidehi. He has written, directed and acted in plays for theatre from a very early age and still continues to do so. Shri Soumitra Chatterjee has won even wider renown and following as an actor in Bengali cinema. He has acted in over 400 films in about five decades. He was Satyajit Ray’s choice for leading roles in classics such as Apur Sansar, Aparajita, Charulata and Devi, and has acted in more of Ray’s films than any other actor.
He has also enjoyed a presence in the literary world of Bengal. He has published several collections of poems and is well known for his recitation of poetry. For several decades he coedited with Nirmalya Acharya one of the leading literary periodicals of Bengal, Ekshan. He receive
d the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor. Shri Soumitra Chatterjee is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian theatre.