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Angurbala wikipedia, the life of Angurbala

  • Chandi Mukherjee
    Chandi Mukherjee wrote on Aug 11 2008 7:11PM

    Angur Bala was born in Kolkata on July 23rd, 1906. Her real name was Prabhabati Bandopadhyay. Her father was Jolly Bandopadhyay and mother was Harimoti Devi. She continued her study in Norman School up to fourth standard.

    Angur Bala was basically a stage actress and a singer par excellence. She learnt singing from Amulya Majumdar, Jeet Prasad, Ram Prasad Mitra and Ustad Jahiruddin Khan. At the age of 8, she appeared in stage. In the mean time her first disc was released from HMV under the supervision of Mr. Cooper. She became a singer star within a very short span of time. During this time she was introduced to Kazi Najrul Islam who then joined the gramophone company as a trainer. Under Kazi Najrul Islam’s supervision Angur Bala recorded her first Nazrul Geeti. Parallel to her singing career, Angur Bala continuded her stage acting. Nripen Basu introduced her to Bengal Theatrical Company where she played the lead role in the drama “ Muktar Mukhti” and was highly acclaimed. She acted for a long time in Minerva Theatre. Thereafter she joined the Star Theatre. The important productions of Star theatre she was associated with were “Poysha Putra”, “Chandidas”, "Mamata Shakti”, “Bidrohini” and “Siraj-ud-doula”. She made her film debut in the 1933 film “Jamuna Pulinay” directed by Priyonath Ganguly. Her important films were “Dhruba”, “Abartan”, “India”, “Khona and Debjan. She also acted in several Hindi and Urdu films like “Nasib Ka Chakkar, “Maa ki Mamata”, “Cahar Darbesh” etc.

    She received D.Litt. form Kalyani University. She also received Natak Academy Award. She died in Kolkata on 7th January, 1984.


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