Rudraprasad Sengupta



Born on 31 January 1935 in Kolkata, Shri Rudraprasad Sengupta has been an educationist by profession. He taught English Literature at Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, but his vocation may be more truly described as theatre. He has devoted himself to fostering of a serious theatre movement in Bengal and his own creative contribution has been towards many aspects of the dramatic arts. He is a versatile actor and a director of distinction. Associated with the well-established theatre-group ‘Nandikar’ ever since its inception, he is currently the Director-President of the group and has been responsible for its high standards.
He writes for academic journals, broadcasts, and takes part in various television programmes and talks. Shri Sengupta has been a member of various committees of several esteemed organizations and institutions such as National School of Drama, Sangeet Natak Akademi, UGC, Ministry of Culture, NFDC, Visva-Bharati, and West Bengal Natya Akademi to name a few.
He has won the Best Actor Award given by the Bengal Theatre Journalists Association in 1974 and the Best Director in 1975 and 1979. He represented India at the Brecht Dialogue in the GDR in 1981. West Bengal State Akademi, Karnataka Nataka Academy and West Bengal State Akademi of Dance, Drama, and Visual Arts have also felicitated him. For his eminence in the field of Theatre and his contribution to its enrichment, Shri Rudraprasad Sengupta received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Direction for 1980.
Shri Rudraprasad Sengupta is elected Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his contribution to Indian theatre.