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    Chandi Mukherjee
    Chandi Mukherjee wrote on 11 Aug 2008

    Arundhati Devi was born in Barishal to a respected Guha Thakurata family in 1925. Her father’s name was Bishnu Charan Guha Thakurata.

    From her child hood she learnt music, especially Rabindra Sangeet. She became first class first in the Probeshika Examination of Shantineeketan. She became graduate in honors in economics from Biswabharati University. Later she got Masters Degree from Calcutta University. While she was in Shantiniketan she participated in Tagore’s drama “Daak Ghar”. She also participated in another Tagore’s drama “Mayar Khela” in Jorasanko Thakurbari under the direct supervision of Rrabindranath himself. She made her film debut in the 1952 film “Maha Prasthaner Pathe” directed by Kartik Chattopadhay. In the very first film she was able to impress both the audience and the people of the film industry. Her major films were “Bakul”, “Taka Ana Pai”, “Chhele Kaar”, “Naba Janma”, “Chala Chal”, “Pancha Tapa”, “Shikhar”, “Manmoyee Girls School”, “Jatugriha”, “Jhinder Bandi”, and “Khudita Pasan”. She became director in the later years. Her debut as a director was the film “Chuti” which was a tremendous commercial hit. Her other films were “Megh O Roudra”, “Padi Pishir Barmi Baksho”. “Chhuti” was awarded President’s Silver Medal in 1966. As an actress she received best actress award of BFJA for the film “Bhagini Nivedita” in the year 1962. She married Prabhat Mukhopadhay the film director, in her early career days. Later she married another noted film director Tapan Sinha. She died in Kolkata on 16th October, 1990.