Great minds

Juggling between the traditional and the modern form of plays Kumar Roy could perhaps see his way clearer than many more who boast of having led a line of dramatic tradition. Even when artistes and dramatists are tagged as intellectuals, Kumar Roy kept away from political verdicts, news bites and quotes. Kumar with plays such as Rakta Karabi, Putulkhela, Bisarjan, Raja, Pagla Ghoda, Mudra Rakshash, Mrichaakatika under his belt swept awards such as Sangeet Natak Akademy Award in 1985 and Dinabandhu Puraskar in 1993. The lights and sound of the stage had never lured him away from realism. Rooted deeply in stage dynamics of Bertold Bretch and under the guidance of mentor Sombhu Mitra, Kumar Roy held firmly the reigns of Bohurupi, the theatre group formed in 1948. Once could not help but muse that Kumar Ray despite being a passionate actor was an academician at heart. Serving as a professor of drama at the Rabindra Bharati University and visiting fellow at the Viswa Bharati University, Shantiniketan in 1986, Ray had publications such as Tillotoma Shilpa, Natya Bmavitabya O Rabindranath, Sombhu Mitra: Nirman-O-Srijan and Mokam Kalikata to his credit. He also represented India in the regional meeting on the status of artistes, in the field of performing arts, which took place in South Korea in 1991, under Unesco National Commission of Asian and Pacific countries.
Ray breathed his last on 28 February. Kolkata has certainly lost somebody who bears the batch of credit for the city being known as a cultural capital.

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