Mohit Chattopadhyaya



Born in 1934 in Barisal, now in Bangladesh, Shri Mohit Chattopadhyaya began his literary career as a poet in Bengali in the 1950s. He made his first appearance as a playwright with his play Kanthanalite Surjo, produced in 1964, and subsequently attracted wider notice with Raaj Rakta (1971). Translated into Hindi as Guinea Pig, Raaj Rakta was staged in the early 1970s in various parts of the country.
A former president of Paschim Banga Natya Akademi, Shri Mohit Chattopadhyaya wrote steadily through a creative life spanning half a century, producing many full-length plays and almost an equal number of one-act plays. Among his best-known plays, apart from Raaj Rakta, are Mrityu Sambad (1965), Chandraloke Agnikanda (1966), Mahakalir Bachcha (1978), Alibaba (1980), and Socrates (1989). Several of his plays have been translated and performed in various Indian languages.
A recipient of the Girish Ghosh Award for playwriting (1994) from the Government of West Bengal, Shri Mohit Chattopadhyaya also collaborated with Shri Mrinal Sen in writing scripts for the films Chorus, Mrigaya, Parashuram, Oka Uri Katha and Genesis. He directed a children’s film, Megher Khela, and wrote scripts for the puppet theatre. His published collections of poems include Ashade Srabane (1956), Golaper Biruddhe Juddha (1961), and Ankan Shiksha (1969). His novels include Jyotsnaey Nidrita Phool (1964) and Bimalendur Jiban (1967). Apart from the Girish Ghosh Award, Shri Mohit Chattopadhyaya was the recipient of many honours and awards such as the Nandikar Award (1993), the Dinabandhu Award (1998) conferred by the Government of West Bengal, and the BFJA Award (1994) given by the Bengal Film Journalists Association. He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award as a playwright in 1991.
Shri Mohit Chattopadhyaya was elected a Tagore Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi for his outstanding contribution to Indian theatre. To our deep regret, he passed away on 12 April 2012. He is posthumously conferred the Tagore Fellowship of the Akademi.