Mamata Shankar

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Mamata Shankar
Shankar in 2002
Native name মমতা শঙ্কর
Born (1955-01-07) 7 January 1955 (age 60)
Occupation Dancer, choreographer, actor
Spouse(s) Chandrodoy Ghosh
Children Ratul Shankar, Rajit Shankar

Mamata Shankar (Mômota Shônkôr; born 7 January 1955) is an Indian actress. She is known for her work in Bengali cinema. 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.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Shankar was born in 1955 to the dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar. She was the niece of Pandit Ravi Shankar. Her brother was a 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]


Shankar 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.

Shankar 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.[3] It was followed by Horikhela, Aajker Ekalabya, Milap, Shikaar, Mother Earth, and Amritasyaputra.[4]


Personal life[edit]

Shankar has a son Ratul Shankar.




  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.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "SNA: Events 2001-2002::". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Mamata Shankar". Retrieved 1 September 2015. 

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