Director of the Play: Debasish RAY
Debasish is the son of eminent theatre director - Shree Kanak Ray.
Kanak Roy, his father, was the director and organiser of ‘Raktakarabi’, a renowned and vibrant theatre troupe of north 24 parganas, West Bengal for over 20 years. Debasish started working with theatre both in acting and backstage works right from his childhood with his father. He joined the mainstream flow of theatre with the direction and set designing of ‘Bairer Darja’ by Mohit Chattapadhyay in a theatre workshop organised by Paschimbanga Natya Academy.
Productions from his own group, Theatre Platform –
Debasish’s play ‘Tumi Kee Korechho’ created a stir in the world of open air theatre for its uniqueness in Bengal. A few theatre productions of Theatre Platform by Debasish are 'Seturaam', 'Azaadi', 'Tumi', 'Parashuraam', 'Aajke Aamaar Chhuti', 'Angshumaan', 'Elebele', 'Muktodhaaraa', 'Dhrubaa', 'Khanjonaa Aami Aar Aasbo Naa', 'Samayjaan', 'Hattomaalaar Opaare', 'Ilaa Gurhaishaa', 'Hridipaash', 'Ekti shahoj Khuner Galpo', 'Gartokanyaa', 'Qua Ranta in love'.
Direction other than Theatre Platform –
Debasish is now the most popular director of Bengali theatre. He has directed many plays for several troupes of bengal in recent years. Jean Paul Sartre’s play ‘Condemned Of Altona’ to ‘Knaakraa’ in 2014, for Minerva Reparatory Theatre OF Information And Cultural Affairs Department, Government Of West Bengal; Char Adhyay for Sandarvo, Mulya for Swapnasuchana, Jashomati and valobashar Ishkul for Learners Education Society of Tripura, Koleboshe for chakdaha natyajon, Revenge factory, dhulomakha ruti, lockdowner natok, valobasha kare Koy, prothom rajnoitik hotya, uronto tarader chhaya for Sangstab.
Exploration and responsibilities other than Direction –
Debashish has experience of stage designing, choreography, costume designing with various eminent directors of Bengal like Bibhas Chakraborty, Chandan Sen, Arpita Ghosh, Kuntal Mukhopadhyay, Anirban Bhattacharya, Kousik Chattopadhyay, Shyamal Chakraborty, Debasish Biswas, Biplab Bandopadhyay, Abanti Chaktaborty and many others. He is an ex member in the committee of ‘Paschimbanga Natya Academy’ and ex – member of ‘Minerva Natya Sanskriti Charchakendra’ of ‘Information & Culture Department’, Government of West Bengal.
Debasish was awarded ‘Shamindranath Thakur Medhabritti Award’ by ‘Rajya Nritya Natok Sangeet o Drishyakala Academy’ for his theatre works throughout the year in 1996-97 and Mohit Chattopadhyay Smarok Puroskar by Popular Theatre Magazine named Natyapanjikaa for best direction in 2012. Debasish also received ‘SHAMBHU MITRA PUROSKAR’ for Exceptional Contribution & Persistent Dedication towards Bengali Theatre on 26th of May 2017 from West Bengal State Government.