Kankabati Bhaduri was born in Muzaffarpur in the year 1903. Her father was a jamindar and his name was Gadadhar Prasad Sahu. She was popular by the name “Kankabati” only. Kankabati did her primary education in Muzaffarpur, then she shifted to Kolkata. She graduated at the age of 22 from Bethun College, Kolkata in the year 1925. She couldn’t complete her Masters degree from Culcutta University due to her acting career.
She started her acting career in 1928 in the drama “Digbijoyee” of Natyamandir of Sishir Bhaduri. In the same year she made her debut film through the silent movie “Bicharak”. After that she acted in an important role of “Palli Samaj” in 1932, directed by Sishir Bhaduri. Her talent was fully utilized in the film”Sita”. During those days it was beyond anybody’s dream that a graduate woman has joined the film industry. Kankabati broke that rule and created a history. She married her acting mentor Sishir Bhaduri and since then her life revolved around him till death. She went to United States in 1930 with Sishir Bhaduri’s drama unit. Chandrabati Debi, another superb actress of theatre and film, in her sister. Kankabati was an excellent singer too. She learnt Rabindra Sangeet from Rabindranath Tagore himself. Tagore was impressed by her acting prowess and commented, “...you can do even impossible on the stage...”. She died in Kolkata on June 21st, 1939 at the age of 36 only.