UshaGanguly, was an Indian theatre director-actor and activist, most known for her work in Hindi theatre in the 1970s and 1980s, passed away at the age of 75 in Kolkata, West Bengal. She was born in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh (UP) in 1945. She founded Rangakarmee theatre group in 1976, known for its productions like Mahabhoj, Rudali, Court Martial and Antaryatra.
Apart from thespian ShyamanandJalan of Padatik (one of the institutions in the field of performing arts in India, especially theater and dance), Usha was the only theatre director to practise Hindi theatre in Kolkata, which is largely Bengali speaking.
Usha’s Bengali productions include Mukti and Manasa. She also worked with RituparnoGhosh during the scripting for Raincoat.
She was awarded with the SangeetNatakAkademi Award for Direction given by SangeetNatakAkademi, India’s National Academy of Music, Dance& Drama in 1998.
Usha wasalso honoured by the West Bengal government as the “Best Actress” for the play ‘GudiaGhar’ and “GirishSamman”honour in 2016 for her contribution to theatre.