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About Director

Professionally Usha Ganguli retired as a senior lecturer in Hindi language & literature from Bhawanipur Education Society college and now devote all her time to theatre, which has been her first love. Trained as a Bharatnatyam dancer, she brings to her work in theatre as director and actress, the choreographic skills that are enriched by her scholarly and literally sensibilities as evident in works like Mahabhoj, Lok Katha, Holi, Court Martial, Rudali, Himmat Mai, Mukti, Shobhayatra, Kashinama, Trilogy woven around the life & works of Sadat Hasan Manto.

Rangakarmee, the theatre group that she set up in 1076, remains the most active and prolific group performing in Hindi in India. Travelling extensively throughout the country and many parts in the world including Germany, Pakistan, USA, Bangladesh. Most of the production by Rangakarmee have been scripted and directed by Smt. Usha Ganguli. Apart from the productions that she directed, she has also performed in plays directed by Tripti Mitra, Shyamanad Jalan, Bibhas Chakraborty, Rustam Bharucha and Anuradha Kapoor and appeared in solo performances of texts by France Rame, Bertolt Brecht and herself.

Her achievements in and contribution to Indian Theatre have been recognised in the form of numerous awards including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Award (1998) and several awards from the West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh State Academies.

She has directed two plays in abroad at South Asian Theatre Festival for New Jersey Art Centre. She has also conducted workshops in abroad.

Smt. Ganguli has served as members in a number of committees of both local & nation importance like Senate Member of Calcutta University for Five years; Member of Executive Committee of Sangeet Natak Akademi; Society Member of National School of Drama; Executive Committee of Paschinbanga Natya Academy; Member in the Satyajit Ray Film Institute, Kolkata; Member of Academic Councilís of Rabindra Bharati University. She is now serving as Adjunct Professor at Tagore Memorial Institute under the auspicious of Visva Bharati University.