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Saluting the legends

Saluting the legends
Veteran theater person Rudraprasad Sengupta, who has enriched Indian theater with decades of relentless pursuit of his passion, was today honored for life-long achievement in the field at the Chaman Lal Memorial Awards that also feted two other backstage artists.  

The awards conferred by the Chaman Lal Memorial Society were given out by Hon’ble Minister of Culture, Chandresh Kumari Katoch at Sirifort Auditorium on a dazzling evening.

The 19th edition of the prestigious awards honoured Mr. Sengupta from Kolkata for life-long Achievement to the theatre world, Kriti V Sharma from Haryana for Excellence in Costume Designing and Dinesh Poddar from Kolkata for excellence in Stage Light Design.

Sengupta, 78, is a veteran actor-director, who has also worked in Bengali films, and has been awarded the Banga Bibhushan in 2012 for his contribution to theater. The awards are aimed at giving a prominent space to technicians and back-stage theater artists who form a vital lifeline of any stage production.  

Instated in memory of Late Chaman Lal, who was a pioneer in the field of inventing Stage Lighting Equipment, the awards have earlier honored the likes of Alyque Padamsee, Bansi Kaul, M.S. Sathyu, Ebrahim Alkazi, Sushma Seth, Zohra Sehgal and many other prominent theatre personalities all over India.

'This society is perhaps the first in India to acknowledge the contribution of back stage artists and honoring them with these annual awards. Through these awards we want to encourage these unsung artists who follow their passion selflessly,' said R.K. DHINGRA, General Secretary of Chaman Lal Memorial Society.

The society intends to keep the memory of Chaman Lal alive by giving awards to artists who have contributed to the world of theatre for their services such as Stage Light Design, Costume Design, Stage Craft & Make-Up.  

For a theater artist, the stage is the essence of life. The award ceremony was followed by a 40 minute multimedia presentation, Ek Shaam that brought alive the magic of the stage for the audience.

The concept, light, design & direction of the show is conceived by R.K. Dhingra, a veteran in this field.
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