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Bratya Basu

Bratya Basu
Minister for Higher Education
Assumed office
Preceded by Sudarshan Raychaudhuri
Member of the Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
Preceded by Gautam Deb
Constituency Dum Dum
Personal details
Born (1969-09-25) September 25, 1969 (age 44)
Political party Trinamool Congress
Alma mater Presidency College, Kolkata
University of Calcutta
Religion Hindu

Bratya Basu (born 25 September 1969)[1] is a Bengali professor, dramatist, director, actor and a politician. Basu is currently the West Bengal's minister for higher education.[2] He was elected a MLA, from the Dum Dum constituency in 2011 Assembly Election of West Bengal.

Early life

Bratya Basu was born in Calcutta to noted theater personality, Bishnu Basu. He studied Bangla at Presidency College and Calcutta University


Bratya Basu joined the City College, Kolkata as a professor in the department of Bengali. He started out as the sound operator for the theater group Ganakrishti[3] and soon started writing and directing plays with the group.

He started his career as a dramatist with the ultramodern play ashaleen (1996). Noted plays thereafter include aranyadeb, shahar iyar, winkle-twinkle, and the murder drama chatushkon. He won the Shyamal Sen Memorial award in 1998, and the DisharI Award in 2000. In 2008 he formed the group brAtya jan.[4] A recent production is the 2009 play ruddhasangIt on the life of Debabrata Biswas.

Has also directed two films, Raastaa, which has a theme of youth moving into terrorism, and Teesta, a film on society and the failure of romance. He has also acted in a number of other films, including Kaalbela.

Political career

Bratya Basu fought the West Bengal Assembly polls 2011 on a Trinamool Congress ticket against a heavyweight CPI(M) Minister, Gautam Deb from the Dum Dum (Vidhan Sabha constituency) and won. He was made Minister for Higher Education in Mamata Banerjee's cabinet. He has decided to launch a survey to get a correct picture of the state’s higher education situation. A committee of eminent scholars will advise him on curriculum improvement.[5]


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