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Professor Gautam Chatterjee (born 1963) is an influential Indian dramatist theatre director, most know to the people for his recent contributions in Kashmir shaivism. His area is Consiousness, Culture, and Communication. He has penned many plays of which Sandhya Bhasha[1], Antara[2], Tatpurush, Avartan[3] are well known pieces. "Gautamda" as he is popularly known has pioneered off-proscenium theatre in Varanasi using public spaces, art gallaries, bookshops and ghats. A well-known journalist with 25 years of experience. He has been awarded with Patrakar Shiromani and Bharat Samman.

Early life and education

Professor Gautam Chatterjee was born in Varanasi, India. He graduated in science at the most prestigious foundation of Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya(B.H.U). Presently adjunct Professor in Benaras Hindu University teaches writing for media, skill for communication and organizes workshops on communication through drama in the department of Journalism and mass Communication. As a teenager he has had personal links with the greatest maestros of India namely Satyajit Ray, Pt Kishan Maharaj, Ustad Vilayat Khan, Kumar Gandharva, Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and many more so has helped to build his creative and metaphysical world.


He has been a full time journalist since 1981-2005. Edited several bilingual journals Upahar being one of them. At present he is the editor of the bi-lingual research journal Praashnik, concentrated on consiousness in art, science and philosophy. While he had been working as a journalist he kept his creative side alive by being associated as the art director of Abhirang-Varanasi (Part of Abhinavagupta Academy). It was the time when he had penned his noted plays Sandhya Bhasha, Antara, Tatpurush, Awartan including the discovery of the Ethno Dramatology. Prepared drama semiotics (Notation of emotions) on the very basis of Natya Sastra for the first time in the world, which help actors and playwrights. Presently almost hundreds of research papers in various Universities, focussing on Consiousness and Cartesian Metaphor. He discovered to answer Descartes's and Baars's theatre metaphor for consiousness from the spotlight of Natya Shastra applying cognitive science and linguistics.

List of plays

  • Parabak
  • Adhure Rag
  • Andhere Anubhav[4]
  • Angira
  • Sandhya Bhasah
  • Antara[2]
  • Swapnachand
  • Tatpurush
  • Chowtha Adhayay
  • Echo Chamber
  • Awartan
  • Bahuri Akela


His oft-quoted book is Consciousness (Culture and Communication:Re-cognition of the Actor). He has translated for the first time the magnum opus Tantraloka, by Abhinavagupta (a tenth century treatise having 37 chapters) from sanskrit to english. He has also translated Prapanchsartantra by Adi Shankaracharya from Sanskrit to English, Tantratattvapraveshika by Swami Pragyananand from Bengali to English, Gyanganj from Bengali to English, the fifth chapter Taladhyay'' of Sangit Tatnakar, from Sanskrit to English, and the autobiography of Badal Sircar form Bengali to Hindi. He has two collections of his plays (already staged) Adhura Rag and Dasharupak, on the transcendental background of Consciousness and Kashmir Shaivism. His book on classical music Sangeet Vimarsh released in 2009. He regularly writes in The Hindu on classical music. His three books Dialogue with great masters (Penguin India), Abhinaya Shastra and Communication-kala aur Kaushal. He has made dozen of short films for different institutions with various perspectives. Columnist in eight national newspapers and magazines.

References and notes

  1. An depiction of poignant situations.(Sandhya Bhasa), The Pioneer, 15 September 1996 
  2. 2.0 2.1 The display of drama dominated on the basis of Kathopanishad (Antara), Hindustan, 30 September 2004 
  3. Mystery of his dramatic fiction transends towards rational metaphysics. (Avartan), The Hindu, 5 November 2005 
  4. Displays union of time and memory, where the dramatic death of news is not different from the power of an actor (Andhere Anubhav), Dainik Jagaran, 12 February 1994 
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