Born in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, Debesh has been working in the field of theatre for the last thirty three years. He is the founder and director of “Sansriti”. He has directed over 40 plays in Bengali. “Winkle Twinkle”, “Devi Sarpomasta”, “Phataru”, “Saudagorer Nouka” are milestone productions on the Bengali Stage directed by Debesh.

Not only proscenium, but he has also directed plays for intimate and site-specific theatre. He is a well acclaimed theatre academic and expert, and has completed a senior fellowship on “Cognitive Neuroscience and Theatre”. He has written several books on theatre. “The Week” magazine felicitated him as one of the ‘Fifty emerging stars of India’ in 2003. Debesh has been honoured by Paschimbanga Natya  Academy (Govt. of W.B.) as “Best Director” twice. Recipient  of many awards  Debesh directed his first feature film “Natoker Moto: like a play” in 2015. It was included in International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa in the Indian Panorama and, International Competition Section. Film Critic Circle of India (FCCI) honoured him as best debut director of 2015 for the film. Currently he is working on “Natyashastra”.

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ACTIVITIES OF SANSRITI

Sansriti Theatrical Magazine  

 

Keya Chakraborty issue / 1993

Satu Sen issue /  1997

Theatre criticism in the mirror of Bengali Theatre, Part - I / 1997

Theatre criticism in the mirror of Bengali Theatre,Part - II / 2001

Theatre collection of Shekhar Chattopadhyay / 2001

Book publication of Satu Sen / 2002.

Special Issue on Winkle Twinkle / 2010

Revised version of “Keya Chakraborty special issue” : Sansriti, December 30, 1993

“Keya” published by Deep Prakashan, 2015.

Monograph “KANO AVINOY KARI?” (Why Act?). Ms. Swaoli Mitra. / 2015

 

Sansriti Theatre Production : (full length)  

 

“Pratinidhi” / Baranagar Rabindra Bhavan /  1997

“Winkle Twinkle” / Academy / 2002

“Phataru” / Academy / 2004

“Cadaverous” / Madhusudan Mancha / 2005

“EA” / Academy / 2006

“Surjo-Pora Chai” / Madusudan Mancha / 2007

“Dream Dream” / Academy /  2009

“Break Fail” / Delhi / 2010

“Bikele Bhorer Sorshe Phool” / Academy / 2011

“Brain” / Academy / 2012

“Shey” / Academy / 2013

“Prayaschittyo” / Rabindra Sadan / 2013

“Altaf Gomes” / Academy / 2014

“Apatato Aibhabe Dujoner Dakha Hoe Thake” / Academy / 2014

“Jatugriha” / Academy / 2015

“Soudagarer Nouka” / America / 2016

Sansriti Short Play  

 

“Nekre O Bhara” / Calcutta University / 2005

“Shyama Sundari” / Rabindra Sadan / Anya Theatre Natya Swapna Kalpa / 2006  

“Tetri Kahani” /  Rabindra Sadan / Anya Theatre Natya Swapna Kalpa / 2007

“Fandigram” / Jadavpur University / 2008

“Kanu Kahe Rai” /  Rabindra Sadan / Anya Theatre Natya Swapna Kalpa / 2010

“Sanko” / Rabindra Sadan / 2012

“Mawon” / Academy / 2015

“SIDHHIDATA” / Rabindra Sadan/ 2016

“KANAIER KATHA “ / MIinerva Theatre/ 2016

“TAHAR NAMTI RANJANA “ / Minerva Theatre / 2016

 

Sansriti Intimate Theatre Production

 

In association with Bibhaban / Anway / Y.M.C.A., Vivekananda Rd / 2006

“Dehantar Manantar” / Tripti Mitra Sabhaghar / 2015

 

Sansriti Theatrical Evening 

 

“Puratani Natoker Gaan” / Song / Ambarish Bhattacharya / 2006

Theatrical song / Pilu Bhattacharyay / 2012

Sarbanasher Asai /  Tagore’s song based performance / 2016

 

Sansriti Seminar : 

‘Conventional Education & Children’s Theatre’ / Girish Mancha. / 1997

Lecturer : Sandip Banerjee, Pradip Bhattacharya, Mohit Ranadip, Tirthankar Chanda

Co-ordinator : Soumen Guha

 

‘Usha Face To Face’ / Bangla Academy / Lecturer : Usha Ganguly / 2001

Co-ordinator : Rathin Chakraborty

 

‘Time Organisation Theatre’ / Bangla Academy / 2001

Lecturer : Kumar Roy, Bibhas Chakraborty, Meghnad Bhattacharya

Co-ordinator : Debashis Majumder

‘Birth Centennary of Satu Sen’ / Seminar with Paschimbanga Natya Academy / 2002

Seminar on Winkle Twinkle / Poet Subodh Sarkar / 2003

‘History of Indian Theatre’ / Kamal Saha / 2004

‘Economics / Contemporary Theatre’ / Bangla Academy / 2008

Lecturer : Bibhas Chakrabarty, Chandan Sen, Manish Mitra, Tirthankar Chanda

Co-ordinator : Pachu Roy

‘Neuroscience & Theatre’ / Bangur Rehearsal Room / 2010

Speaker : Debesh Chattopadhyay  

‘Sohinir Mukhomukhi’ / Tripti Mitra Sabhaghar / 2011

Co-ordinator : Soumitra Mitra 

‘Usha Gangully’ / Natya Academy Tripti Mitra Sabhaghar / 2012

‘In Search of New Theatrical Language’ / Bangla Academy / 2013

Speakers: Sujan Mukhopadhyay / Sudipta Chakrabarty / Dron Acharyay / Ambarish Bhattacharyay

'Mahabharata and Folk Tales' /  Bangla Academy / 2014

Speaker : Nrishingha Prasad Bhaduri  

'Why do i act' / Bangla Academy / 2015

Speaker : Swaoli Mitra

‘Amar Natyadarshan’ / Bangla Academy /2016

Speaker : Mr. Amar Mitra

 

Sansriti Theatre Festival

Play - Sarodiya Sajahan,Production - Ekush Shatak / 2003

 

‘SANSRITI - 15’

‘Winkle Twinkle’ / ‘Phataru’ / ‘EA’ / ‘Surjo-pora Chhai’ / / Sansriti / Academy / 2008

 

‘SANSRITI - 16’ 

‘Surjo-pora Chhai’ / ‘Dream Dream’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2009

 

‘SANSRITI - 17’ 

‘Surjo-pora Chhai’ / ‘Dream Dream’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2010

 

‘SANSRITI - 18’

‘Maanansoi’ / Nabodwip Sayak / Girish Mancha / 2011

‘Uttoradhikaar’ / Bansberia Brischik / Sisir Msncha / 2011

 

Surjo Pora Chhai’ / ‘Phataru’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2011

‘Tota’ / Bangaon Natyacharcha Kendra / Academy Lawn / 2011

 

‘SANSRITI - 19’

‘Bikele Bhorer Sorshe Phool’ / ‘Brain’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2012

‘Kanu Kahe Rai’ / Sansriti / Sisir Mancha  / 2012

‘Devisarpamasta’ / Minarva Natyasankriti Charchakendra / Academy / 2012

‘Krishnakali’  / Alternative Living Theatre / Academy Lawn / 2012

‘Tumi Daak Diecho Kon Sakale’ / Uhinee Kolkata / Minarva Theatre / 2012

‘Kharij’ / Bansberia Brischik / Sisir Mancha / 2012

 

‘SANSRITI - 20’

‘Bhalo Manush’ / Purba-Paschim / Star Theatre /2013

‘Devisarpamasta’ / Minarva Natyasankriti Charchakendra /  Rabindra Sadan / 2013

‘Chirakumar Sabha’ / Kalindi Bratyajan / Girish Mancha / 2013

‘Chalomaan Ashoriri’ / Kalpayu / Sisir Mancha / 2013

‘Winkle-Twinkle’ / ‘Phataru’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2013

‘Bikele Bhorer Sorshe Phool’ / ‘Brain’ / ‘Sanko’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2013

 

‘SANSRITI - 21’

‘Altaf Gomes’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2014

‘Kinu Kaon’ / Assam Dapon / Academy / 2014

‘Hayavadana’ / Dinajpur Theatre Company / Academy / 2014

‘Apatato Aibhabe Dujoner Dakha Hoe Thake’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2014

 

‘SANSRITI - 22’

‘Ma Ak Nirvik Sainik’ / "Rangeela" / Academy / 2015

‘Jatugriha’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2015

‘Winkle Twinkle’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2015

‘Bikele Bhorer Shorshe Phool’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2015

 

‘SANSRITI - 23’

“Surjo-pora Chhhai” / “Sansriti” / Academy / 2016

“Phataru’ / Sansriti / Academy / 2016

"Fera" / "Shyambazar Mukhomukhi"/ Academy / 2016

 

"TUGHLAQ"  / Sansriti / Academy / 2016

"MAWON" & "SIDDHIDATA"  / Sansriti / Academy / 2016

 

Sansriti Workshop

 

Workshop on One-Act and Monolouge / Josh Kornbluth / 2004

Contemporary Dance / Kastury Chatterjee / Kashibiswanath Mancha / 2007

Workshop on Colours and Sets / Hiran Mitra / Kashibiswanath Mancha /  2009

Workshop on unconventional music / Mayukh and Mainak / Kashibiswanath Mancha /  2009

Workshop on Pace & Rethym / Sudarshan Chakraborty / Kashibiswanath Mancha /  2010

Workshop on Angika Avinay / Debesh Chattopadhyay / Minerva /  2011

Workshop on Folk music / Avijit Acharya / Bangur /  2012

Workshop on Puppet / Sudip  / Kashibiswanath Mancha /  2013

Workshop on Light & Psychology / Sudip Sanyal/ Minerva /  2014

Workshop on  musical instrument / Mayukh and Mainak / Bangur /  2015

Workshop on Natyashastra / Debesh Chattopadhyay /Bangur/  2016

 

Sansriti Documentary

 

Satu Sen / 2005

Rangakarmee / 2006

Habib Tanvir / 2008

 

Sansriti Colaboration

 

Muktomancha Natyatsav / Bodhodoy / R G C ground, Baguihati / 2012

Dinajpur Theatre Company / Hayavadana / Kushmandi / 2013

 

Sansriti In Bharat Rang Mahotsav ( NSD)

 

WNIKLE TWINLE (2003)

SURJO PORA CHHAI (2011)

 

Sansriti Award

 

50 Emerging Stars of India by 'The Week' (Independence Day special Issue 2003).

Best Playwright of the Year  in 2002,  by West Bengal Youth Council.

Best Play of the Year in 2007, by Information & culture Dept., Govt. of West Bengal for the play Surjo-Pora Chhai".

Best Playwright of the Year  in 2008, Satyen Mitra Award  by Theatre Wokshop for  play "Surjo-Pora Chhai".

Best Director of the Year in 2008, Shyamal Sen Smriti Puraskar by Theatre Group SwapnaSandhani for the play "Surjo-Pora Chhai".

Best Director of the Year in 2009,  by Information & Culture Dept., Govt. of West Bengal for the play "Dream Dream".

Best Play of the Year in 2010,  by Sudrak for the play "Dream Dream".

Dinabandhu Mitra Smriti Sammanana in 2011,  by Bongaon Natyacharcha Kendra.

NAVENDU SMRITI SAMMAN 2012 , to the director Debesh Chattopadhyay, for  "BIKELE BHORER SHORSHE PHOOL" by Ashoknagar Natyamukh.

 ZEE GAURAV AWARD, 2012 to the director Debesh Chattopadhyay, for " BIKELE BHORER SHORSHE PHOOL".

ZEE GAURAV AWARD, 2012 for best production," BIKELE BHORER SHORSHE   PHOOL".

ZEE GAURAV JURI AWARD, 2012 to the Playwright Debesh Chattopadhyay  for "BRAIN".

"Aloksilpi  Chitto Sarkar Smriti Theatre Samman 2012". From: Munas Theatre Group

"Debnarayan Gupto Samman, 15th Feb, 2012". From: Natakwala, Kolkata.

"SILPAYAN SAMMAN"  2013,  by Gobordanga Silpayan.

"BISHNU BASU SMARAK SAMMAN"  2013,  by Kalindi Bratyajon

Total  achievement in theatre, 18th Feb, 2013, From: The Times Of India Group.

ZEE GAURAV JURI AWARD, 2014 for best set design "APATATO EIBHABE DUJONER DAKHA HOE THAKE".

ZEE GAURAV JURI AWARD, 2014 for best direction "APATATO EIBHABE DUJONER DAKHA HOE THAKE".