Mamata Shankar

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Mamata Shankar
Mamata Shankar
Born (1955-01-07) January 7, 1955 (age 59)
Calcutta (now Kolkata)
Occupation Dancer, choreographer, actor
Spouse(s) Chandrodoy Ghosh
Children Ratul Shankar, Rajit Shankar

Mamata Shankar (born 7 January 1955) is an actress in the Bengali language film industry of India. She has acted in films by renowned film directors including, Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadev Dasgupta and Gautam Ghosh. In addition to being an actress, she is a dancer and choreographer.[1]

She is the daughter of legendary dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar, and the niece of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Her son is Ratul Shankar.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1955 to Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar, her brother was a renowned Indo-Western fusion musician Ananda Shankar.

She received her training in dance and choreography at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Calcutta under Amala Shankar.[2]


She made her film debut with Mrigayaa in 1976, directed by Mrinal Sen. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for the year.

Mamata is married to Chandrodoy Ghosh, and runs 'Udayan - Mamta Shankar Dance Company' (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.,[3] it was followed by Horikhela, Aajker Ekalabya, Milap, Shikaar, Mother Earth, and Amritasyaputra.[4]




  1. ^ Mamata Shankar enthralls Amdavadis The Times of India, 11 November 2001.
  2. ^ Milestones Official biography.
  3. ^ Dialogues in dance discourse: creating dance in Asia Pacific, by Mohd. Anis Md. Nor, World Dance Alliance, Universiti Malaya. Pusat Kebudayaan. Published by Cultural Centre, University of Malaya, 2007. ISBN 983-2085-85-3. Page 63.
  4. ^ She enjoys the reputation of a classic ‘modern’ dancer The Tribune, 27 March 2006.

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