Samik Bandyopadhyay

Theatre, Film and Arts Critic; Vice Chairman

National School of Drama, India

Samik Bandyopadhyay is a Visiting Fellow (Professor) at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. He received an M.A. in English Literature from Calcutta University in 1961. He was a Junior Research Fellow for the Anthropological Survey of India between 1962 and 1964. Subsequently, he served as a Lecturer in Departments of English Literature and Drama at Rabindra Bharati University from 1966 to 1973. He was Regional Editor for Oxford University Press in Calcutta between 1973 and 1982 and later, Editor for Seagull Books between 1982 and 1988.

Samik was Producer Emeritus for All India Radio and Doordarshan and a Research Professor at Asiatic Society in Calcutta in the 1990s. He was a co-opted Member of the General Council for two consecutive terms as well as the Central Board of Film Certification. He was also a member of the 14-Member Indian Delegation to the East-West Theatre Seminar organized by the International Theatre Institute in New Delhi. He has been a panelist at seminars on Indian Theatre as part of Festivals of India in USSR (Tashkent 1987) and Germany (Berlin 1992) and Vice-Chairman for the National School of Drama (2006-2010) and member of the National School of Drama Society.He is also visiting faculty at an annual film appreciation course organized by the National Film Archives of India and the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. 

He has contributed several essays in numerous film and theatre periodicals in English and Bengali. He has interviewed Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Mahasweta Devi, Richard Attenborough, Natalie Sarraute, Salman Rushdie, Derek Malcolm, Reinhard Hauff, etc. for Film Society periodicals and All India Radio and Doordarshan [National Television]; several of these later included in books.