Born in 1919, Shri Khaled Choudhury was drawn to the stage by the influence of Shri Sombhu Mitra in the early days of Calcutta’s Group Theatre movement. He rapidly rose to be reckoned among its representative figure, with a wide range of work to his credit. Over the years Shri Khaled Choudhury has brought to the task of stage design his diverse tastes and aptitude in drawing and painting, music folk and Western; for a production of Bohurupee’s Rakta Karabi he is credited with the devising of special musical instruments. Among other productions that constitute Shri Choudhury’s contribution to the Indian stage are Putul Khela, Shuturmurg, Evam Indrajit, Kaler Jatra, Dakghar, Pagla Ghora and Aadhe Adhure. Shri Choudhury is a founder-member and, currently, Secretary of the Folk Music and Folklore Research Institute, Calcutta. For his eminence in the field of theatre and his contribution to its enrichment Shri Khaled Choudhury receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Scenic Design for 1986.