January 7, 1955 |
Calcutta (now Kolkata)
|Occupation||Dancer, choreographer, actor|
|Children||Ratul Shankar, Rajit Shankar|
Mamata Shankar (Bengali: মমতা শঙ্কর Mômota Shônkôr; born 7 January 1955) is an actress in the Bengali language film industry of India. She has acted in films by 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.
Early life and education
She received her training in dance and choreography at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Calcutta under Amala Shankar.
Mamata is married to Chandrodoy Ghosh, and 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, and Amritasyaputra.
Quoting , Jennifer Dunnings of New York Times :- "A vibrant theatrical experience. What distinguished the work was its way of telling a story so that the most jaded dance goers in the audience were lulled into rapt absorption." This was in 1983 , while she reviewed ; "Aajker Ekalabya" ; a ballet on the theme of Guru-Disciple relationship as prevalent in the present day society.
- Mrigayaa aka The Royal Hunt (1976)
- Oka Oori Katha aka The Marginal Ones aka The Outsiders (1977)
- Dooratwa aka Distance (1978)
- Ek Din Pratidin aka And Quiet Rolls the Dawn aka One Day Like Another (USA) (1979)
- Kharij aka The Case Is Closed (1982)
- Grihajuddha aka Crossroads (1982)
- Dakhal aka The Occupation (1982)
- Ganashatru aka An Enemy of the People (1989)
- Shakha Proshakha aka The Branches of the Tree aka Les Branches de L'arbre (1991)
- Agantuk aka The Stranger aka Le Visiteur (1991)
- Sunya Theke Suru aka A Return to Zero (1993)
- Sopan (1994)
- Dahan (film) aka Crossfire (1997)
- Utsab aka The Festival (2000)
- The Bong Connection (2006)
- Samudra Sakshi (2006)
- Ballyganj Court (2007)
- Abohoman aka The Etarnal (2010)
- Jaani Dyakha Hawbe (2011)
- Jaatishwar (2014)
- Mamata Shankar enthralls Amdavadis The Times of India, 11 November 2001.
- Milestones Official biography.
- 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.
- She enjoys the reputation of a classic ‘modern’ dancer The Tribune, 27 March 2006.
- Mamata Shankar at the Internet Movie Database
- Mamta Shankar Dance Company, website
- Mamata Shankar Ballet Troupe website