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Name  Karuna Banerjee

Role  Actress
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Full Name  Karuna Bandhyopadhyay
Born  December 25, 1919Kolkata, India
Died  November 13, 2001, Lucknow
Nominations  BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress
Movies  Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Devi, Kanchenjungha, Apur Panchali
Similar People  Subir Banerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Dasgupta, Subrata Mitra, Satyajit Ray

Karuna Banerjee (Bengali: করুণা ব্যানার্জী) (25 December 1919 – 13 November 2001) was a Bengali actress best known for her role in Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy (1955–1959) as the long suffering mother, Sarbajaya. She was nominated for Best Actress at the 1959 BAFTA Awards for her performance in Aparajito (1956), the second part of The Apu Trilogy. She appeared in a number of other films after that, including Ray's Devi (1960) and Kanchenjungha (1962).


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Early life

She graduated from the Jogamaya Devi College, an affiliated women's college of the University of Calcutta.

Acting career

Karuna Banerjee (aka Karuna Bandhyopadhyay) had an acting career of more than two decades in Bengali cinema and theatre. She is best known for her memorable performance as Sarbajaya, the mother in the first two parts of Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy: Pather Panchali (1955) and Aparajito (1956). Her performance in the latter earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 1959 BAFTA Awards. She went on to act in a few more films, including two more by Ray, one by Mrinal Sen, and one by Ritwik Ghatak that was never officially released.


  • Pather Panchali (1955), directed by Satyajit Ray
  • Aparajito (1956), directed by Satyajit Ray
  • Headmaster (1959), directed by Agragami
  • Shubha Bibaha (1959), directed by Sombhu Mitra and Amit Maitra
  • Kato Ajanare (1959), directed by Ritwik Ghatak
  • Devi (1960), directed by Satyajit Ray
  • Kanchenjungha (1962), directed by Satyajit Ray
  • To Light a Candle, directed by Shanti P. Chowdhury
  • Interview (1971), directed by Mrinal Sen
  • References

    Karuna Banerjee Wikipedia