Sombhu Mitra

Sombhu Mitra

Indian Actor
Born Aug 22, 1915

Sombhu Mitra was an Indian film and stage actor, director, playwright and one of the pre-eminent Indian theatre personalities, especially Bengali theatre, where he is considered a pioneer. He remained associated with Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) for a few years before founding Bohurupee (1948), theatre group in Kolkata in 1948.… Read More

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1915 Birth Born in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India, on 22 August 1915, Sombhu Mitra was the sixth child of three sons and four daughters born of Sarat Kumar Mitra, an employee of the Geological Survey of India, and Satadalbasini Mitra. … Read More


1931 15 Years Old He joined St. Xavier's College at the University of Calcutta in 1931, and soon started attending the local theatre.


1939 23 Years Old His first appearance in Bengali theatre was in Rangmahal Theatre in north Kolkata in 1939, thereafter he moved to the Minerva, Natyaniketan and Srirangam theatres.
1943 27 Years Old In 1943, he joined Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA).
1944 28 Years Old In 1944, several old theatrical conventions were broken when the play Navanna written by Bijon Bhattacharya and co-directed by Sombhu Mitra for IPTA was staged.


1948 32 Years Old In 1948, Sombhu Mitra formed a new theatre group, Bohurupee in Kolkata, which ushered the group-theatre movement in West Bengal. … Read More
1950 34 Years Old Under Sombhu Mitra's direction, the Bohurupee staged several successful productions. In December 1950, the Bohurupee presented three plays in the New Empire theatre – Tulsi Lahiri's Pathik and Chenda Tar and Sombhu Mitra's own creation, Ulukhagra.
1954 38 Years Old In 1954, Rabindranath Tagore's Rakta Karabi was staged by the Bohurupee, followed by his Bisarjan, Raja and Char Adhyay. … Read More


1957 41 Years Old Sombhu Mitra received many national and international awards, which include the Crystal Globe for Jagte Raho at the 1957 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Desikottama from Visva Bharati University in 1989, an honorary D. Litt from both Rabindra Bharati University and Jadavpur University in Kolkata, the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1976 for journalism, literature and creative communication arts and the Padmabhushan in the same year.


1966 50 Years Old He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship in 1966. … Read More


1997 82 Years Old Died on May 19, 1997.
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