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Bengal stage legend Shobha Sen passes away

Legendary Bengali stage figure, Shobha Sen, passed away in Kolkata due to old age complications on Sunday. She has acted in iconic plays like Nabanna (1944), based on the Great Bengal famine where she played the female lead role, and Kallol (1965), set in the backdrop of the 1946 naval mutiny.

By: IANS | Kolkata | Published: August 14, 2017 11:05:24 am
shobha sen, sova sen, sobha sen, shobha sen bengali theatre Legendary theatre actor Shobha Sen passes away at 93.

Shobha Sen, a legendary figure of the Bengali stage, died in Kolkata on Sunday following old age complications, her family said. Sen, 93, the widow of thespian Utpal Dutt, left behind her daughter. During a long career on the stage, she acted in iconic plays like Nabanna (1944), based on the Great Bengal famine where she played the female lead role, and Kallol (1965), set in the backdrop of the 1946 naval mutiny.

Graduating from Bethune College, Sen joined Gananatya Sangha and acted in the lead female role of Nabanna. She joined Dutt’s Little Theatre Group in 1953-54 and got married to him in 1960.

The LTG later became Peoples’ Theatre Group, in which she acted in most of its productions including Barricade, Tiner Taloyara and Titumir. Sen also acted in a number of films including Mrinal Sen’s Ek Adhuri Kahani and Ek Din Pratidin, and Gautam Ghose directed Dekha and Dutt’s Jhar and Baisakhi Megh. In 1983, she played a crucial role in Basu Chatterjee’s Hindi movie Pasand Apni Apni.

Her last screen appearance was in Shadows of Time, a Bengali feature film by German director Florian Gallenberger. On 10 April, 2010, Sen received the Mother Teresa International Award. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled Sen’s demise. “Saddened at the passing of veteran theatre artiste Sobha Sen. My condolences to her family and friends,” Banerjee tweeted.

Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra called Sen a legendary figure of Bengal’s theatre movement. “Comrade Shobha Sen will remain as the inspiration of people’s voice. My sincerest condolence,” said Mishra.

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