Interview | Angana Basu - Actress, Danseuse, Elocutionist | SHUKNA LANKA (2010) Bengali Movie

Interview (Audio) - Angana Basu

Angana Basu is a lead actress of Gaurav Pandey's great Bengali movie Shukno Lanka (2010) where she plays the pivotal role of Chinu Nandi's wife. Chinu Nandi is played in Sukno Lanka by our favorite Mithunda - Mithun Chakraborty.

Mithun Chakraborty - Angana Basu in SUKNO LANKA
Angana Bose and Mithun Chakraborty in Sukno Lanka (Bengali, 2010)

Angana Basu - Manab Premik Nimai

Angana Basu talks to Arijit Chakraborty of Washington Bangla Radio in this informal and intimate interview. Click on the Play button at the top to listen to Angana Basu online.

The photographs in this post are reproduced here courtesy of Saibal Das.

Angana Basu's first feature film Manob Premik Nemai [Buy DVD Online] co-starring Purna Das Baul, Sabita Bose and Satindra Bhattacharya happened when she was 24 years old - in fact she was doing movies and theater side-by-side. This was the mid-80s. The film was directed by Saroj Roy and her role was that of Vishnupriya, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's wife.

The Bengali feature film Smaron happened after 10 years in the mid-90s, directed by Samir Sengupta. Her co-star was Pradeep Mukherjee.

And now, 2010 has seen the release of Gaurav Pandey's Bengali movie Shukno Lanka.

Angana was born GANESAN BHARATI (G. Bharati) into a cultured and liberal Tamil Brahmin (Iyer) family. All her siblings (they are four sisters and one brother) are into art and music. Angana studied in a Bengali medium school in Howrah and most of her friends are Bengalis. By the time she was of marriageable age, she had assimilated the Bengali culture to an extent that she ate, slept and dreamed in Bengali. At the same time, Angana naturally absorbed Tamil traditions equally well, and today she is a true multi-cultural person with great interest and depth in both regional cultures of th mosaic that is modern India.

Angana met her husband when she was 19 years of age, at a recitation forum of the great Michael Madhusudan Dutta's work, Meghbad Vadh in Rabindra Sadan. Angana's husband has been the 'wind beneath her wings', always strong and supportive of her eclectic interests in life.

Angana's favourite colors are blue and white. She loves vegetarian food (childhood habits die hard!) and true to her wonderfully diverse outlook, her favorite dishes are idli-chutney-sambar and and alu-posto !

Taking after his parents, Angana's son is a teacher and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Bengali. A post-graduate of Shantiniketan, his thesis is on Harichran Bandhopadhyay.

As we wrote earlier, Angana is a multi-faceted talent and proficient in multiple genres of creative and performing art forms. She has been reciting (in Bangla) and dancing (Bharatnatyam, Rabindra Nritya and Folk) from her childhood. She started at the age of 4 by presenting her plays and recitation on Akashvani Kolkata, under the guidance of Indira Devi in a program called Shishu Mahal.

In her teens Angana participated in Golpodadur Ashor (a talent show related to recitation, drama, singing, musical plays which many NRI bengalis still remember fondly).

From the age of 18 on Angana did programs with Yuvavani (Akashvani Kolkata) and participated in debates on current issues. She also anchored a show called Tomar Priyo Gaan.
By the age of 25 years, Angana was an actor with the Dramatics department of Kolkata A radio channel.
Then Angana became a FM presenter for Bhorai Aaj Raate and Alaapon programmes on Kolkata A. She has anchored Mahila Mahal (a discussion forum for, of and by women).

Angana Basu - Manab Premik NemaiAngana's career as a theater artiste started with Aarabdha Natya Vidyalay (group theater led by the famous Tripti Mitra) where she trained for 7 years. She performed in the play Raktakarabi (in the role of Nandini). She was an actor with Theatre Centre group for the play Abhigyana Shakuntalam, in the role of Priyamvada. Angana acted in Bish-Brikkho in the role of Suryamukhi. She was with the Gandhar theater group and acted in Bhamma, the Bengali translation of a Russian play 'Uncle Vania' written by Anton Chekov. Angana acted with the Shomikkhon theatre group in the play Mrichchakatika, in the lead role of Vasantasena.

Angana's next project, Ami Adu is ready for release. Directed by Shomnath Gupto, her co-star is Biplab Chattopadhyay along with Mithu Chakraborty, Pradeep Mukherjee, Samadorshi and Debolina Chatterjee. Most importantly, the producers are the New Theatre group which was founded by legends of yester-years like Kanan Devi, K.L. Saigal and Prithviraj Kapoor.   
Among telefilms and television shows, Angana acted in:
  • Shesh Kritya in 1984. It was awarded the best telefim of 2003. Her co-actors were Anjan Dutta, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Churni Ganguly.
  • Dui Bon won a lot of accolades in 1985. Angana's co-actors were Nilima Das and Sreela Majumdar.
  • Sonar Sonsar was Bengali TV's first soap opera in which Angana had Pradeep Mukherjee and Sreela Majumdar as my co-actors.

Angana Basu is also a successful director, and has directed many dance dramas by Gurudeb Rabindranath Tagore including Chandalika, Chitrangada, Shyama, etc.