Suresh Dutta
OccupationPuppet artist
Known forPuppet theatre
SpouseLate Smt.Triptikana Dutta
Parent(s)Late Sashi Bhusan Dutta and Late Sishubala Dutta.
AwardsSangeet Natak Academy award in 1986[[Padma Shri in 2009]]

Suresh Dutta is an Indian puppet artist, theatre personality and the founder of Calcutta Puppet Theatre, a Kolkata-based theatre group dedicated to puppetry.[1] Born in Faridpur, in the undivided Bengal of the British India, he trained art under Phani Bhushan, a Jatra exponent, and Kathakali under Balakrishna Menon. He has also learnt fusion style of danceform from maestro Uday Shankar.[2] He also learnt Bharatanatyam and Manipuri before moving to Russia, under a scholarship in 1962, to train in puppetry under the Russian puppeteer, Sergey Obraztsov.[2]

Returning to India in 1963, he joined the Children's Little Theatre, under the behest of Balakrishna Menon, as the assistant dance director, where he also designed costumes and sets. A decade later, he founded his own puppet theatre group, Calcutta Puppet Theatre, along with his wife, Devi, and a few like-minded artists.[3] The group staged several shows, beginning with the Alladin, followed by Ramayana, Sita, Gulabo aar Sitabo and Notun Jeebon, totaling over 3,000 shows.[4] He received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1987.[5] The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2009, for his contributions to puppetry.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Master of puppets". Deccan Herald. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The power of puppetry : Suresh Dutta". Harmony India. March 2006. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Puppetry is not a dying art, feels Bengal's Padma awardee". Indian Express. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Water puppetry is the next thing to watch out for in India". DNA Syndicate. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar". Sangeet Natak Akademi. 2016. Archived from the original on 17 April 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2016.