Chitra Sen was born in Kolkata on May 5th, 1934. Her real name is Chitra. Chitra Sen’s was father Panchu Gopal Mandal and Arati Mandal. She passed I.A. Examinationfrom Deshbandhu College. She made her debut film in “Ratrir Tapasya” in 1952 directed by Sushil Majumdar.
Chitra Sen took her Manipur and Bharatnatyam dancing lessons from Balkrishna Menan and Shakti Nag. In 1952-53 she visited Poland, Moscow, China, Bankok, Hongkong for her dance shows. She took her singing lessons from Shyamal Mitra, Sudhirlal Chakraborty and Aparesh Lahiri.
She got married to actor actor Shyamal Sen in the year 1966. After marriage she kept her self away from acting for a long time. Again she came back in the 1980’s. She is a brilliant stage actress too. She worked as a paid artist in Lakeranjan Sakha. Her engagement with group theatres probably led her only son Kaushik Sen to theatre also. He is a leading stage and television actor these days. Chitra Sen now is busy acting in stage and television serials.