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Bengali theatre personality Shaoli Mitra no more

Bengali theatre personality Shaoli Mitra no more

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Renowned Bengali theatre personality and Indian actress Shaoli Mitra passed away in Kolkata on Sunday. She was 74.

Shaoli Mitra, the daughter of Bengali theatre icons- Sombhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra, died of age-related ailments, report agencies.

Shaoli Mitra was widely known for playing the role of ‘Bangabala’ in Ritwik Ghatak’s last film, ‘Jukti Takko Aar Gappo’ (Reason, Debate and a Story) in 1974.

Mitra was involved in drama from her childhood under the guidance of her parents Sombhu Mitra and Tripti Mitra. She acted in the play ‘Dakghar’ in the role of Amal. Later she also formed her own theatre group. In 2011, she became the chairperson of Rabindra Shardhoshato Janmabarsha Udjapon Samiti. She worked with the Bohurupee productions. She also established the theatre group ‘Pancham Baidik’ which is pioneer for producing widely acclaimed plays on women's emancipation.

She also wrote a number of books on Bengali theatre, including ‘Five Lords’, ‘Lakshmi Jakhan Asbe’, ‘Gononatya’, ‘Nobonatya’, ‘Sotnatya O Sombhu Mitra’.

 In 2006-08, she was at the forefront of the civil movement against the Left atrocities in Nandigram, and the Singur debacle.

After Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress (TMC) came to power in West Bengal, Mitra was appointed as the chairperson of Paschimbanga Bangla Academy in 2012.

Shaoli Mitra tendered her resignation from the post in January, 2018, but she returned to the position in July in the same year.

Mitra was cremated in southern Kolkata's Sirity Crematorium on Sunday evening, reports said.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday night expressed grief over the demise of Shaoli Mitra.