Bratya Basu

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Bratya Basu
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Minister of Information Technology & Electronics
Assumed office
May 20, 2016
Governor M. K. Narayanan
Minister of Tourism
In office
May 20, 2014 – May 12, 2016
Governor M. K. Narayanan
Preceded by Hiten Barman
Minister of Higher Education
In office
May 20, 2011 – May 20, 2014
Governor M. K. Narayanan
Preceded by Sudarsan Roy Chowdhury
Succeeded by Partha Chatterjee
Assumed office
Governor M. K. Narayanan
Preceded by Gautam Deb
Constituency Dum Dum
Personal details
Born (1969-09-25) September 25, 1969 (age 47)
Political party West Bengal Trinamool Congress
Alma mater Presidency College, Kolkata
University of Calcutta
Religion Hindu

Bratya Basu (born 25 September 1969)[1] is a Bengali professor, dramatist, director, actor and a politician. Basu was West Bengal's minister for education till May 2014 and was then assigned the tourism portfolio.[2][3] He was elected a MLA, from the Dum Dum constituency in 2011 Assembly Election of West Bengal.

Early life[edit]

Bratya Basu was born in Calcutta to noted theater personality & great professor, Dr. Bishnu Basu and famous writer & educational administrator Dr. Neetika Basu. His early name was Bratyabrata Basu Roy Chowdhury .He belongs from "Basu Roy Chowdhury" Family at Ulpur (Now In Faridpur, Bangladesh) He studied Bangla at Presidency College and Calcutta University


Bratya Basu joined the City College, Kolkata as a professor in the department of Bengali. He started out as the sound operator for the theater group Ganakrishti[4] and soon started writing and directing plays with the group.

He started his career as a dramatist with the ultramodern play ashaleen (1996). Noted plays thereafter include aranyadeb, shahar iyar, winkle-twinkle, and the murder drama chatushkon. He won the Shyamal Sen Memorial award in 1998, and the DisharI Award in 2000. In 2008 he formed the group Bratyajan.[5] A recent production is the 2009 play Ruddhasangeet based on the life of Debabrata Biswas.

Has also directed two films, Raastaa, which has a theme of youth moving into terrorism, and Teesta, a film on society and the failure of romance. He has also acted in a number of other films, including Kaalbela.

Political career[edit]

Bratya Basu fought the West Bengal Assembly polls 2011 on a Trinamool Congress ticket against a heavyweight CPI(M) Minister, Gautam Deb from the Dum Dum (Vidhan Sabha constituency) and won. He was made Minister for Higher Education in Mamata Banerjee's cabinet. He has decided to launch a survey to get a correct picture of the state’s higher education situation. A committee of eminent scholars will advise him on curriculum improvement.[6]




  1. ^ Bratya Basu, nATak samagra (collected plays), Ananda Publishers, 2004
  2. ^ "The Ministry". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph, 21 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  3. ^ "Bratya shifted to tourism, Partha new education minister, Mitra to see IT also". The Statesman, 28 May 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Man for all seasons". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India. 6 May 2006. 
  5. ^ "Natyoshala". Natyoshala. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  6. ^ "The Week". Retrieved 2012-06-12.