Natyacharya Sisir Kumar Bhaduri: Pioneer of Modern Indian Theatre

Paper Type: 130 gsm Art paper (matt) | Size: 216 mm x 140 mm
All colour; 19 photographs; 140 pages; Flexiback
ISBN-10: 93-86906-21-2 | ISBN-13: 978-93-86906-21-2


This ultimate collection on Natyacharya Sisir Kumar Bhaduri includes snippets of history from 19th-century Bengali theatre and also commentaries of the noted personalities of the Sisir contemporary Bengal stage. The volume, Natyacharya Kumar Bhaduri – Pioneer of Modern Indian Theatre, not only speaks of his great stature as a playwright, but also presents the cultural context behind the birth of the illustrious Sisir Kumar Bhaduri—a master in dramaturgy, a prolific playwright, an outstanding actor and a creative genius who brought about modernism—a new element in Bengali theatre, focusing primarily on realism in stage characterization. The book will definitely reshape the repertoire of public knowledge about Indian theatre, particularly about the pillar and pioneer of the Bengal stage—Sisir Kumar Bhaduri—the first proper director in modern Indian theatre. This first-ever collection in English, devoted to his career and achievements, will, therefore, mark a significant breakthrough in Indian literary framework.


Amal Mitra
Amal Mitra

Amal Mitra (1910–1993), the eminent literary personality, was well acquainted with the renowned writers and actors of the Bengali stage for half a century, and possessed an amazing knowledge of the 19th-century Bengali theatre, which we find documented in his pioneering work in Bengali, Kolkatae Videshi Rangalay. He was close friends with Sisir Kumar Bhaduri, on whom he wrote a series of articles. He also drafted a few scholarly articles on Rabindranath Tagore, which later prompted the Tagore Research Institute to publish an expanded version of the same. Till date, his books on Bengali theatre are highly appreciated and are included as reference books in the syllabus of Master’s degree in Bengali by both Calcutta University and Rabindra Bharati University.