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Shishir Kumar Bhaduri or Sisir Kumar Bhaduri (2 October 1889 – 30 June 1959) was a stage actor and theatre founder.

Sisir Bhaduri
Sisir Kumar Bhaduri

2 October 1889
Died30 June 1959

A pioneer of modern Bengali theatre, where he was an actor, director, playwright and even scenic designer. After Girish Chandra Ghosh, he introduced realism and naturalism to theatre.[1] He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour by the Government of India in 1959.[2]

Born in Howrah, he studied at Scottish Church College Kolkata, where he started participating in theatre. He was also a professor of Metropolitan College (today's Vidyasagar College). In 1921, he left his job to become full-time stage actor.

A scene from Seeta (Dir: Sisir Bhaduri), 1933. Sisir Bhaduri

The 2013 play Nihsanga Samrat directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay, is based on 2005 Bengali novel by the same name written by Sunil Gangopadhyay on the life of Bhaduri.[1]






  • The Lonely Monarch, by Sunil Gangopadhyay. tr. by Swapna Dutta, Hachette UK, 2013. ISBN 978-93-5009-628-4.


  1. ^ a b "The lonely monarch". The Telegraph. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2013)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs.

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