Mamata Banerjee paid tribute to Legend Sombhu Mitra an icon of Indian stage and theater world on his birth anniversary.
বিশিষ্ট নাট্যব্যক্তিত্ব শম্ভু মিত্রের জন্মদিবসে শ্রদ্ধা pic.twitter.com/6SUnekAdxP
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 22, 2017
Sombhu Mitra (22 August 1915 – 19 May 1997) was a legendary Indian film and stage actor, director, playwright, reciter and an Indian theatre personality, known especially for his involvement in Bengali theatre, where he is considered a pioneer. He remained associated with the Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) for a few years before founding the Bohurupee theatre group in Kolkata in 1948. He is most noted for films like Dharti Ke Lal (1946), Jagte Raho (1956), and his production of Rakta Karabi based on Rabindranath Tagore’s play in 1954 and Chand Baniker Pala, his most noted play as a playwright.
In 1966, the Sangeet Natak Akademi awarded him with its highest award, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for lifetime contribution, then in 1970, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, and in 1976 the Ramon Magsaysay Award.