Born in 1921 in Guwahati, Assam, Shri Girish Chowdhury was educated at Guwahati’s Cotton College. He started out as an actor at the age of fifteen, and has in his long career acted in hundreds of stage plays, radio plays, films and television serials. Together with his younger brother, the playwright Anil Chowdhury, he revolutionized the public stage in Guwahati by bringing in actresses to play female roles. Shri Girish Chowdhury has also written a number of stage plays, radio plays, and film- scripts. He has edited a literary periodical and continues to write on theatre and the arts. Shri Chowdhury has directed feature films and documentaries in Assamese including Matir Swarga and Mitradev Mahanta. A versatile artist, Shri Chowdhury is a recipient of various honours including the title Natasamrat conferred by the Guwahati Silpi Sangha (1974), the Critics’ Circle of India Award (1978), the award of the Eastern India Motion Picture Association (1985), and the Bishnu Prasad Rava and Jyoti Prasad Agarwala Awards conferrea by the Government of Assam (1995). Shri Girish Chowdhury receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as an actor.