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Mamata Shankar - The Progress Catalyst

Nationality: Indian

Date of Birth: January 7, 1955

Hometown: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Parents’ Name: Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar

Spouses Name: Chandroday Shankar

Education: She received her training in dance and choreography at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Calcutta under Amala Shankar.

Employment History: Mamata Shankar is an Indian actress and dancer known for her work in Bengali cinema. She has acted in films by directors including Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Gautam Ghosh. She is also a dancer and choreographer. Some of her popular movies include:

  1. Mrigayaa (1976)

  2. Dooratwa (1978)

  3. Ek Din Pratidin (1979)

  4. Kharij (1982)

  5. Grihajuddha (1982)

  6. Dakhal (1982)

  7. Ganashatru (1989)

  8. Shakha Proshakha (1991)

  9. Agantuk (1991)

  10. Utsab (2000)

  11. Jaatishwar (2014)

  12. Shah Jahan Regency (2019)


Mamata Shankar, an impact maker The Progress Catalyst

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Mamata Shankar, as an Indian actress and dancer has contributed significantly to the Indian film industry. She has acted in films by directors including Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Gautam Ghosh. In addition to being an actress, she is a dancer and choreographer. She is known for her work in Bengali cinema and has won several awards for her performances. She was awarded the National Film Award – Special Jury Award (Feature Film) for Agantuk in 1992. She also won the BFJA Award - Best Supporting Actress Award for Shakha Prashakha in 1993 and Utsab in 2000. She is the niece of musician Pandit Ravi Shankar. Her brother, Ananda Shankar, was an Indo-Western fusion musician.


Mamata Shankar founded the Mamata Shankar Ballet Troupe, which has performed in various national and international festivals, showcasing the fusion of classical and folk dances of India. She runs the Udayan - Mamta Shankar Dance Company which was founded in 1986 and which travels extensively throughout the world with the 'Mamata Shankar Ballet Troupe’. The troupe was founded in 1978 and performed its first production based on a Rabindranath Tagore work, Chandalika, in 1979. It was followed by Horikhela, Aajker Ekalabya, Milap, Shikaar, Mother Earth, Amritasyaputra and Sabari. She has been honoured by the government and various cultural institutions for her outstanding achievements and services in the field of art and culture. She is a progress catalyst for the society, the people and the nation at large, as she has used her artistic talents to promote social causes, such as women empowerment, environmental awareness and cultural diversity. She is an inspiration for many young artists who aspire to follow her footsteps and make a positive difference in the world.



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