Veteran Bengali Theatre Personality Passes Away

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Kolkata: Veteran Bengali theatre personality Biplab Ketan Chakraborty died after prolonged illness early Friday. Chakraborty, who was suffering from liver diseases for a long time, died at his Dhakuria residence in South Kolkata at around 4 am, his family said.

He was 72 and is survived by dancer wife Dipali Chakraborty and actress daughters Sudipta Chakraborty, Bidipta Chakraborty and dancer Bidisha Chakraborty.

Earlier, he was treated in a private hospital. A prominent face in group theatre movement, Chakraborty had been involved with the ‘Chetana’ theatre group from the 70s till early 90s and essayed a pivotal role in ‘Marich Sangbad’, a popular production in Bengali theatre. Later he founded ‘Theatrewala’ group which had staged a widely acclaimed production ‘Kancher Dewal’.

He was a popular face too on small screen earning acclaim in mega-serials like ‘Janmabhoomi.’ Chakraborty had also acted in Bengali films ‘Chander Bari’ and ‘Bhalobasar Anek Naam’.

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