Kolkata, 23 April :Well known thatre personality and actor Usha Ganguly(Pande) died at her South Kolkata residence this afternoon after a brief illness. She was 75.
Born in Jodhpur in Rajasthan as the daugheter of Girdhar Pande in 1945, ‘Ganguly came to Kolkata at a very young age and even did her Masters degree in Hindi Language from Calcutta university as the permanent resident of this Eastern metropolis. Married to renowened writer Kamal Ganguly , Usha Ganguly was known as the pioneer of Hindi theatre since 1970s not only in Kolkata, but of the entire Eastern India .
Later she founded her own theatre Group called ‘Rangakarmee’ in 1976 which soon became very famous across the country for producing epoh making theatre productions like Mahabhoj, Rudali, Court Marshall and Antaryatra. As a result in spite of producing Hindi theatres Ganguly also became immensly popular among the Bengali theatre lovers.
A receipient of prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy award in 1988 as a Director, she among several other national and international awards was also honoured by the West Bengal Government for her play Gudia Ghar in 2014.
Expressing deep shock at the passing away of Usha Ganguly, Chief minister Mamata Banerjee in her condolence message described her death as an irreaprable loss to the cultural world of not only Bengal but of the entire country.
Among others state Technical Education minister and a renowened theatre personality Bratya Basu and popular actress Sudipta Chakroaborty also deeply condoled Gangully’s passing away.
However, because of the current lockdown very few peole could visit her personally and pay their last respect at her residence.