Karuna Banerjee

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Karuna Banerjee
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Karuna Banerjee in Pather Panchali (1955)
Born Karuna Bandhyopadhyay
December 25, 1919
Kolkata, India
Died November 13, 2001 (aged 81)
Lucknow, India

Karuna Banerjee (Bengali: করুণা ব্যানার্জী) (December 25, 1919 – November 13, 2001) was a Bengali actress best known for her role in Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959) as the long suffering mother, Sarbajaya. She was nominated for Best Actress at the 1959 BAFTA Awards for her performance in Aparajito (1956), the second part of The Apu Trilogy. She appeared in a number of other films after that, including Ray's Devi (1960) and Kanchenjungha (1962).

Early life[edit]

She graduated from the Jogamaya Devi College, an affiliated women's college of the University of Calcutta.[1]

Acting career[edit]

Karuna Banerjee (aka Karuna Bandhyopadhyay) had an acting career of more than two decades in Bengali cinema and theatre. She is best known for her memorable performance as Sarbajaya, the mother in the first two parts of Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito (1956). Her performance in the latter earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 1959 BAFTA Awards. She went on to act in a few more films, including two more by Ray, one by Mrinal Sen, and one by Ritwik Ghatak that was never officially released.

Filmography[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Satyajit Ray, the filmmaker, the book of the films, The Apu Trilogy (ISBN 0-85647-100-3)
  • Karuna Banerjee's collection of writings were published as a book, entitled An Actress in Her Time (A Celluloid Chapter Persona Series) in English and in Bengali.
  • Sarbajaya: Selected Writings of Karuna Banerjee (ISBN 81-86017-13-5)

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