About Manoj Mitra

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Born on December 22, 1938, Manoj Mitra retired as the Sisir Kumar Bhaduri professor of drama from the Rabindra Bharati University. With over 100 short and full length plays and 40 scripts for radio and television to his credit he is one of the leading playwrights of our times.

Winner of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award (1985), Asiatic Society Gold Medal for contribution for dramatic literature (2005), Dinabandhu Purashkar (2012), Munir Chowdhury Award (2012) from Bangladesh and several state and non-governmental awards, Mitra has distinguished himself as a visionary director and a remarkably sensitive screen and stage actor. He has acted in films by Satyajit Ray, Tapan Sinha, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Basu Chatterjee and others.

While most of his plays like

Mrityur Chokhe Jol, Parabas, Sajano Bagan, Sovajatra, Alokanandar Putro Kanya, Munni O Saat Chowkidaar, Galpo Hekim Saheb, Chhayar Prashad, Ranger Haat, Ja Nei Bharatey, Aschourjo Funtosee, have been presented in Bengali by Sundaram (the group of which he is the founder member and current president) a good many have also been produced by others by the likes of Tripti Mitra, Bibhas Chakravarty, Soumitra Chatterjee, Ratan Thiyam, Vaman Kendra, Kumar Roy, Prativa Agarwal, Rajinder Nath, Ashok Mukhopadhyay and others.
He has also written several important essays on dramaturgy like the Moner Katha Natya Katha (Theatre's Psychic Matrix- the mind behind the mask).

Awards

  • Sangeet Natak Academy for best playwright (1985).
  • Asiatic Society Gold Medal for contribution for dramatic literature (2005).
  • Girish Chandra Award for playwriting by Amrita Bazar Patrika Group (1978).
  • West Bengal film journalists award for best actor (1982).
  • State Government Award for best playwright (1983)
  • Calcutta University Award for best playwright (1986)
  • State Government Award for best playwright (1989)
  • Film Fare Best Actor Award for Tapan Sinha's Bancharamer Bagan (1980)
  • Aajkal Award for Best TV actor and Nandikar National Theatre Festival Award (1991)
  • Calcutta University's Bengali Stage Centenary Award (2000)
  • Kalaakar Lifetime Achievement Award (2011)
  • Dinabandhu Purashkar (2012)
  • Munir Chowdhury Award (2012) from Bangladesh
  • Bangavibhushan Award (2013)
  • Honourary DLitt (Kalyani University) 2013