Utpal K. Banerjee
Utpal K. Banerjee

Dr. Utpal K. Banerjee has been an adviser on Management and Information Technology for 35 years, after obtaining a Ph.D. in the UK as Commonwealth Scholar. He has always had an abiding interest in Indian Art and Culture. He has been the National Project Director for IGNCA on the UNDP project on Multimedia Database for Art and Culture Documentation and Computerization (1991-93). He delivered lectures on Indian Art and Culture in Canada (1990) and in South America (1998) under ICCR and gave similar lectures in Canada (1992, 1995) under Kalabharati. His article on “Role of Cultural Diplomacy” appeared in Indian Foreign

Policy Agenda for the 21st Century from FSI. His comprehensive book on Indian Performing Arts (1992) has gone into several editions. He presented Tagore’s Dance in ‘World Dance Alliance – Global Summit’ in Brisbane, Australia, 2008.

His writings for theatre criticism began with ENACT from the 1960s and have continued over subsequent decades. His major books on theatre are Bengali Theatre: 200 Years (1998), Indian Theatre in the 21st Century (2009) and Theatre in South Asia: Frontiers of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Overseas (2012). He regularly wrote on the arts and culture scene in prominent daily newspapers and journals, including India Perspective, Indrama quarterly and Indian Horizons. Since 1994, he has been a regular contributor to the cultural column in The Pioneer. He has also contributed to many cultural and professional programs to London BBC, AIR and Television over the last 32 years.

His in-depth interviews of Indian dance; music and, theatre luminaries for DD Bharati are frequently telecast. His book Hindu Joy of Life (2006) was followed by Indian Performing Arts: A Mosaic (2006), Millennium Glimpses of Indian Performing Arts (2006), and Exuberance of Indian Classical Dance and Indian Contemporary Dance Extravaganza in 2010.

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