|Occupation||Dancer, choreographer, actor|
|Known for||Acting,Dance,Udayan Kalakendra|
|Children||Ratul Shankar, Rajit Shankar Ghosh|
Mamata Shankar (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.
Early life and education
She received her training in dance and choreography at the Uday Shankar India Culture Centre, Calcutta under Amala Shankar.
Shankar is married, 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, Amritasyaputra and Sabari.
Mamata Shankar has two sons, Ratul Shankar and Rajeet Shankar.
- 1992: Special Jury Award: Agantuk
- 1993: BFJA Award-Best Supporting Actress Award for "Shakha Prashakha"
- 2000: BFJA Award-Best Supporting Actress Award for "Utsab"
- Mrigayaa (The Royal Hunt, 1976)
- Oka Oori Katha (The Marginal Ones or The Outsiders, (1977)
- Dooratwa aka Distance (1978)
- Ek Din Pratidin (And Quiet Rolls the Dawn or One Day Like Another (USA), 1979)
- Kharij (The Case Is Closed, 1982)
- Grihajuddha (Crossroads, 1982)
- Dakhal (The Occupation, 1982)
- Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People, 1989)
- Shakha Proshakha (The Branches of the Tree or Les Branches de L'arbre, 1991)
- Agantuk (The Stranger aka Le Visiteur, 1991)
- Sunya Theke Suru (A Return to Zero, 1993)
- Prajapati (1993)
- Sopan (1994)
- Dahan (Crossfire, 1997)
- Utsab (The Festival, 2000)
- The Bong Connection, (2006)
- Samudra Sakshi, (2006)
- Ballyganj Court, (2007)
- Abohoman (The Etarnal, 2010)
- Jaani Dyakha Hawbe (2011)
- Ranjana Ami Ar Ashbona (2011)
- Jaatishwar (2014)
- Agantuker Pore (2015)
- Pink (2016)
- 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.
- 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.
- "SNA: Events 2001-2002::". sangeetnatak.gov.in. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
- "Mamata Shankar". mamatashankardancecompany.org. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
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