Born in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, Debesh has been working in the field of theatre for the last thirty three years. He is the founder and director of “Sansriti”. He has directed over 40 plays in Bengali. “Winkle Twinkle”, “Devi Sarpomasta”, “Phataru”, “Saudagorer Nouka” are milestone productions on the Bengali Stage directed by Debesh.

Not only proscenium, but he has also directed plays for intimate and site-specific theatre. He is a well acclaimed theatre academic and expert, and has completed a senior fellowship on “Cognitive Neuroscience and Theatre”. He has written several books on theatre. “The Week” magazine felicitated him as one of the ‘Fifty emerging stars of India’ in 2003. Debesh has been honoured by Paschimbanga Natya  Academy (Govt. of W.B.) as “Best Director” twice. Recipient  of many awards  Debesh directed his first feature film “Natoker Moto: like a play” in 2015. It was included in International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa in the Indian Panorama and, International Competition Section. Film Critic Circle of India (FCCI) honoured him as best debut director of 2015 for the film. Currently he is working on “Natyashastra”. Highest state award in theatre (Girish Ghosh Samman) was given to Debesh by Govt. of W.B. (I&CA) in 2019. 


Sher Afgan

Sher Afgan is an actor who while essaying the role of Sher Afgan once in the play Noorjahan, fell down and underwent a severe injury that affected the working of his mind. Sher Afgan, after this mishap, continues to consider himself as the Jaigirdar of 16th century Bardhaman and goes on living in his world of imagination for the next 25 years. Pirandello, in this play, plays with the dilemma associated with one’s memory: reality and imagination, life and its contours, logicality and illogicality, and self identity, to mention few. The character of Sher Afgan falls prey to amnesia and schizophrenia within the realm of his imaginative and megalomaniac world, weaved out of voluntary exile.

Playwright : Luigi Pirandello (Henry IV)

Adaptation : Ajitesh Bandopadhyay

Scenography & Direction : Debesh Chattopadhyay

On Stage : Rajatava Dutta, Monalisa Chatterjee, Rahul Sengupta, Souvik Majumdar & others.