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Khaled Choudhury Padma Bhushan Awarded In 2012

Khaled Choudhury

Khaled Choudhury

Award Name : Padma Bhushan

Year of Award : 2012

Award for : Arts

Location : Karīmganj, Assam, India


Khaled Choudhury was a theatre personality and artist of Bengal. He worked for various directors of both Bengali and Hindi plays, including Sombhu Mitra, Tripti Mitra, and Shyamanand Jalan in various capacities - creating the Stage, sets and costumes and later as Music Director. He is a bachelor. Presently, he resides in Kolkata, India. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to theatre in India's Republic Day Honours List on 26 January 2012. He was born on 20 December 1919 in Karimganj, Assam, India. In 1945, he joined Indian Peoples Theatre Association but his first break came by accident when Sombhu Mitra asked him to design and make the set for Rabindranath Tagore's Raktakarabi i.e. 'Red Oleander' staged by Bohurupeein 1954. He was an adept painter, sketcher, and musician, who also devised special musical instruments for Raktakarabi. Since then, he has imaginatively designed and supervised construction for over fifty productions by leading Kolkata groups. The list also included some of Bohurupee's historic interpretations of Tagore and Badal Sircar.

Later he worked as music director, too. He started researching folk music and folk-lore in the 1960s. He was secretary of the Folk Music and Folklore Research Institute, which collected folk music from eastern India, from its inception in 1965. The collection was donated to the state government's Lokasanskriti o Adivasisanskriti Kendra (Centre for Folk and Adivasi Culture).