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He was born in East Bengal (now Bangladesh), the son of Anant Sengupta and Usha Prabha Sengupta. He studied at the Scottish Church College of the University of Calcutta where he earned his B.A. and M.A degrees in English literature. He was formerly a reader in English at the Brahmananda Keshab Chandra College, Calcutta, and a visiting lecturer in the Drama Department of Rabindra Bharati University.
He received several awards, including the highest national award from Sangeet Natak Akademi in 1980. He has also appeared in some Bengali art films, Bernardo Bertolucci's Little Buddha, and Roland Joffé's City of Joy.
He is married to Swatilekha Sengupta, one of the leading actresses of Nandikar. His daughter Sohini Sengupta is one of the leading actresses in theatre and films.
- Autograph (2010)
- Little Buddha (1993)
- City of Joy (1992)
- Padi Pishir Barmi Baksha (1972)
- Hatey Bazarey (1967)
- Galpa Holeo Satyi (1966)
- Anukul Samman in 2013 by the National Drama Festival, Allahabad.
- from The Daily Star Archived March 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Some Alumni of Scottish Church College in 175th Year Commemoration Volume. Scottish Church College, April 2008, p. 590.
- A militant theatre activist — that is what I am - The Tribune (January 10, 1999)
- Drama festival in Allahabad