Sabitri Chatterjee

Born in 1940 in Hajiganj, now in Bangladesh, Shrimati Sabitri Chatterjee learnt the art of acting under the guidance of Ahindra Chowdhury, Kanu Bandopadhyay, Chhabi Bis- was, Debnarayan Gupta, and Ganesh Mukhopadhyay. She also received training in dance from Maruthappa Pillai at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She began her acting career in the Bengali theatre in 1952, and won early acclaim for her performance in the play Natun Ihudi produced by Uttar Sarathi. She developed her acting skills during her association with the Indian People’s Theatre Association, and went on to act in a number of plays. Simul- taneously, she started working in the Bengali cinema. She has won critical acclaim and popularity by acting alongside stars like Uttam Kumar and Soumitra Chatterjee, and has worked under the direction of directors like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen. Sabitri Chatterjee has received many honours including the Michael Madhusudan Award, the Uttam Kumar Smriti Award, the Satyajit Ray Award and the BFJA Award for her work on the stage and screen. Shrimati Sabitri Chatterjee receives the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to Indian theatre as an actress.