Suresh Dutta

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Suresh Dutta
Born
OccupationPuppet artist
Known forPuppet theatre
Spouse(s)Late Smt.Triptikana Dutta
Parent(s)Late Sashi Bhusan Dutta and Late Sishubala Dutta.
AwardsSangeet Natak Academy award in 1986[[Padma Shri in 2009]]

Suresh Dutta is an Indian puppet artist, theatre personality and the founder of Calcutta Puppet Theatre, a Kolkata-based theatre group dedicated to puppetry. [1] Born in Faridpur, in the undivided Bengal of the British India, he trained art under Phani Bhushan, a Jatra exponent, and Kathakali under Balakrishna Menon.He has also learnt fusion style of danceform from maestro Uday Shankar. [2] He also learnt Bharatanatyam and Manipuri before moving to Russia, under a scholarship in 1962, to train in puppetry under the Russian puppeteer, Sergey Obraztsov. [2]

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Returning to India in 1963, he joined the Children's Little Theatre, under the behest of Balakrishna Menon, as the assistant dance director, where he also designed costumes and sets. A decade later, he founded his own puppet theatre group, Calcutta Puppet Theatre, along with his wife, Devi, and a few like-minded artists. [3] The group staged several shows, beginning with the Alladin, followed by Ramayana, Sita, Gulabo aar Sitabo and Notun Jeebon, totaling over 3,000 shows. [4] He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987. [5] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for his contributions to puppetry. [6]

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