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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THEATRICAL JOURNAL

Sansriti was founded by our director Sri Debesh Chattopadhyay in 1993 purely aimed to the publishing of theatrical journal named Sansriti. Since 1993 it has been publishing very authentic editions which has filed the reviews and criticisms on the contemporary Bengali Theatre as well as some very eminent production of past. Sansriti has published some of its special editions on some very dignified theatrical personalities. The first such edition was on Smt.Keya Chakraborty which earned a mass popularity among the theatre workers. It also published a special edition on Satu Sen the master of stage craft in Indian theatre and who also happens to be the first director of National School of Drama.

Sansriti has published an edition named collection of plays by Sekhar Chatopadhyay. Sansriti has brought out two very much important editions which documented the criticisms and reviews on 36 bengali plays starting from ‘Nabanna’ and ending on ‘Tista Parer Brittanto’. The two editions are the two volumes of Bengali theatre in the mirror of the criticism.

Sansriti has done a good job by publishing a book on Satu Sen. This time it was not only a special edition along with some other topics but it is a complete book on the eminent stage technician. The book consists of 300 pages and contains a lot more articles, documents and photographs. This is containing some valuable thoughts of Sri Satu Sen in his own writing which is very much needed for present day students and workers of theatre. The book has also got some positive criticism from the theatre personalities. The book is thus seems to be pregnant with some valuable documents and useful source materials for the future theatre workers.