January 17, 2011, Kolkata
5 August 1931 (
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Theatre - Acting
Meghe Dhaka Tara, Kabita, E‑Flat, Subarnarekha, You Are Mine Eternally
Ritwik Ghatak, Raj Chakraborty, Dileep, T V Chandran, Bahadur Khan
Gita Dey (5 August 1931 – 17 January 2011) was a renowned actress in Bengali Tollywood films, theatre and Bengali folk theater. She became a stage artist at the age of 6 years. She came to the film industry in 1943. Her first film release was Ahuti (1941) as a child actress. She acted in over two hundred Bengali language films and over two thousand stage shows. She acted in the movie Teen Kanya under the direction of Satyajit Roy and Rittik Ghatak's Meghe Dhaka Tara, Subarnarekha, Komal Gandhar, Kato Ajanare. She also acted in Hindi movies such as Parineeta (2005) with Vidya Balan and Sanjay Dutt and other movies. She was associated with All India Radio for a long time doing Shruti Natok. She received the Presidential Award for Lifetime Achievement from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and many other awards during her lifetime.
Tribute to late gita dey 1931 2011
She started as an actress in the Bengali film industry based in Kolkata's Tollygunge since 1938. Her first role was as a child artiste when she was six years old in Ahutee directed by Dhiren Ganguly.
She has been associated with All India Radio since 1954, and enacted character roles in radio plays. However, her last play was Badsahi Chaal (1996), which was directed by Ganesh Mukherjee, and was staged at the Rangana theatre in north Kolkata.
She acted diverse roles in a wide variety of films, and is known for her versatile outlook in her many roles. Her acting even caught the attention of the legendary Laurence Olivier.
Throughout her long career, she worked with directors like Sisir Bhaduri, Ritwik Ghatak, Debaki Bose and Satyajit Ray. She also acted in a Bollywood musical based on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's Parineeta, starring Saif Ali Khan and Vidya Balan.
Dey died on 17 January 2011 in Kolkata, aged 79.
For her lifetime contributions to Bengali cinema, in 1998 she received a star medal from the University of Calcutta from the then Governor of West Bengal Saiyid Nurul Hasan. She also got the presidential award for lifetime contribution to Bengali cinema and theater.