Mamata Shankar

Mamata Shankar (born 7 January 1955) is an Indian actress and dancer. She is known for her work in Bengali cinema. She has acted in films by directors including Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Rituparno Ghosh, Buddhadeb Dasgupta and Gautam Ghosh. In addition to being an actress, she is a dancer and choreographer.[1]

Mamata Shankar
মমতা শঙ্কর
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Born (1955-01-07) 7 January 1955 (age 65)
OccupationDancer, choreographer, actor
Known forActing,Dance,Udayan Kalakendra
Spouse(s)Chandrodoy Ghosh
ChildrenRatul Shankar, Rajit Shankar Ghosh

Early life and educationEdit

Shankar was born in 1955 to the dancers Uday Shankar and Amala Shankar. She was the niece of musician Pandit Ravi Shankar. Her brother, Ananda Shankar, was an Indo-Western fusion musician.

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, 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, Amritasyaputra and Sabari.[4]


Personal lifeEdit

Mamata Shankar has two sons, Ratul Shankar and Rajeet 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::". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  7. ^ "Mamata Shankar". Retrieved 1 September 2015.

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