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Leading Director & Actor of troupe Naye Natua

Goutam’s notable production includes ‘Matir Gari Mrichchhakatika’ , the classical Sanskrit play by Shudrak in Bengali translation , where all the elements of century old Indian performing art – songs , music , acting and aromosity converge into a crescendo of classical theatrical art.

Works in Films

Worked in films (including Commercial as well as docu-feature films) to name a few

Projects in troupe Naye Natua

  1. MATIR GARI MRICHCHHAKATIKA – A play based on famous modern Sanskrit play Mrichchhakatika written by Sudraka ; directed and acted by Goutam Halder
  2. MOIMONSINGHA GEETIKA– A play based on Bengal folklore  ‘Moimonsingha geetika’ (Mahua) ; directed and acted by Goutam Halder as Kathak; Naye Natua Production
  3. THAKURMAR JHULI – A play based on Fairy Tales of Bengal written by Dakshinaranjan Mitra Majumder; directed and acted by Goutam Halder; Naye Natua Production
  4. HAOAI – based on a play by Evald Flisar, adapted by Ratan Das; Directed and Acted by Goutam Halder – Naye Natua production
  5. In and as OTHELLO – the William Shakespeare’s play translated by Ratan Das and directed by Goutam Halder, Naye Natua Production
  6. LAKSHMIR PARIKSHA – a play by Rabindranath Tagore, direction music and acting by Goutam Halder, Naye Natua Production
  7. OSAMA – directed and acted by Goutam Halder, Naye Natua production.
  8. NANA RANGE RABI, a composite bouquet chosen from popular poems and writings of Rabindranath Tagore and also short plays from his “Hasyokoutuk”. Dramatization, music, acting and direction by Goutam Halder.
  9. JAAL, a play based on Shirshendu Mukherjee’s novel. Dramatization, music, acting and direction by Goutam Halder.
  10. Meghnad Badh Kabya, an Epic by Michael Madhusudan Dutt. Recently to be performed at Los Angles Ananda Utsav 2010 in September.
  11. Solo Performance in Munshi Premchand’s Bare Bhai Sahab as Borda Borda – directed by Goutam Halder – A Naye Natua Presentation
    Recently performed in Toronto at Bangla Natyotsav organized by  Toronto Sanskriti Sangstha.
  12. Lead role in Debsankar Halder’s Missed Call directed by Goutam Halder – A Naye Natua Presentation
  13. Lakshmaner Shaktishell, a children theatre project between Naye Natua and Anyo Theatre.
  14. Amake Dekhun and Jama Kharoch – plays based on stories written by Shirshendu Mukherjee. Recently performed in Ottawa  at Barsha Mangal 2010 organized by Deshantari (a Benagali organization).


  1. Awarded Scholarship by Department of Culture, Govt. of India (1993-1995)
  2. Awarded Junior Fellowship by Department of Culture, Govt. of India (1997-1998)
  3. Awarded Senior Fellowship by Department of Culture, Govt. of India (2004-2006)
  4. State Award of Best Production for Meghnad Badh Kabya in 1995
  5. State Award as Best Director for Chile Kothar Sepai in 1997
  6. Awarded Aditya Vikram Birla Kala Kiran Award (2001) by Government of Maharashtra
  7. Awarded Shyamal Sen Smriti Samman (2013) by Swapnasandhani – theatre troupe directed by eminent actor Koushik Sen.

Leading Trainer in various Projects

  1. Director and Chief Trainer of Naye Natua’s Theatre Training Programme
  2. Chief Trainer of Nandikar’s annual Theatre Training Programme for the Young since 1988 
  3. Leading Trainer of Nandikar’s Theatre-in-Education Programmes in Secondary Schools since 1989 – so far offering training in more than a hundred schools
  4. Leading Trainer in Nandikar’s Project In Search of Children’s Theatre in slums and schools in sub-culture situations (1992-1999) with/for variously handicapped children
  5. Trainer at BLP for Murugappa Group of Industries, Chennai 1995-1998
  6. Trainer-Judge at British Council Theatre Festival for Schools
  7. Trainer at Gokhale College, Kharagpur IIT, Jadavpur University, Visva Bharati University  
  8. Trainer in Nandikars regular training programme with children, young and In-house training
  9. Trainer and Director in Minerva Natya Charcha Kendra in 2010.

Acting in Outside and in Combined Productions by other Theatre Troupes in Kolkata

  • Lead character in DUI HUJURER BHRITTO – Directed by Tamal Roy Chowdhury; Calcutta Performers production.
  • Lead character in TINE NETRO – Directed by Dulal Lahiri; Jojok production.
  • Lead character in BHUNIBABUR CHANDNI – Directed by Tirthankar Chattopadhyay; Curtain Call production.
  • Lead  character in RETURN TICKET – Directed by Swapan Sengupta; Natyaranga production 2019.
  • Lead character in`Mir Zafar’ directed  by  Bratya Basu a Kalindi Bratyajon production
  • Lead character in`Bajimaat’ directed by Shyamal Chakraborty a Natakwala productionLead character in`Shoytaner Chawal’ directed by Shyamal Chakraborty a Natakwala production based on `Devil’s Disciple’ by Bernard Shaw
  • Important role in `Porshi Bosot Kore’ directed by Tirthankar Chatterjee, a Curtain Call production
  • Lead role in `Boli’ directed by Avijit Dasgupta, a Kolkata Theatre production, adopted by Ratan Kumar Das from` Girish Karnad’s ` Bali The Sacrifice’
  • In and as `Sakharam -directed by Abanti Chakraborty, A prachyo Production based on Vijay Tendulker’s play `Sakharam Bainder’
  • Chanakya in Mudrarakshas-a play directed by Biplab Bandopadhayay a Angan Belgharia Production
  • Lead role in Nilima – a play based on Eugène Ionesco’s  ‘The Lesson’ – directed by Biplab Bandopadhayay a Prachyo production
  • Lead role in Ila Gurhoissha – a play written by Bratya Basu, directed by Debasish Ray A Theatre Platform production
  • Malvolio in Mumbai Nights (adaption – Debasish Ray based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Nights) Directed by Bratya Basu; Minerva Repertory production
  • Lead role in Kaalkreta directed by Premangshu Roy – Swapnalu Production.
  • Lead role named Nihsho in Arabya Rajani written & directed by Ujjwal Chattopadhyay; Paikpara Indraranga production  
  • Title Role in Mephisto by Klaus Mann. The artistic community, along with young Directors and Actors of Kolkata stage, combined under the banner of Chetana, Kolkata,   presented this play in Bengali. Staged in many places including Bharat Rang Mahotsav organized by National School of Drama, New Delhi
  • In and as CALIGULADirected by Biplab Bondhyopadhyay, Prachya Production 
  • Title role in ALTAF GOMES – Written by Bratya Bose and directed by Debesh Chattopadhyay
  • Raghupati in Rabindranath Tagore’s BISWARJAN – directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay, a Tritiyo Sutra Production 
  • Lead role in a play ITSY BITSY directed by Debasish Ghosh Dastidar – Hate Khori Production.
  • Title Role in Sajahan by D L Roy. Noted actors of Kolkata stage combined under the banner of Natyaranga, Kolkata to present this play 
  • Lead role in Meyeti a Kalyani Natyacharcha Kendra, Nadia Production
  • Double role (Puck & Quince) in Dream Dream, an urbanized version of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream – A Sonsriti Production.

Leading Actor in Nandikar since 1987

  1. Central Character in Terson’s Zigger Zagger (Football) both in Bengali (staged 158 times) & in Hindi versions 
  2. Minister in Vladimir Dozortsev’s Last Appointment (Shesh Sakshatkaar)
  3. Yang Sun in Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (Sankhapurer Sukanya)
  4. Biff in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Feriwalaar Mrityu)
  5. Marco in Arthur Miller’s View from the Bridge (Gotraheen)
  6. Lead Singer-Narrator in Brechter Khonje (a centenary tribute)
  7. Lead Performer in Ei Shahar Ei Samay (a Collage on Our City Our Time)
  8. Central Character in Koushik Roychowdhury & Goutam Halder’s Nagar Keertan (Ballad of the City, an Urban Musical, staged 67 times)
  9. Solo Performance in Michael Madhusudan’s Meghnad Badh Kabya 
  10. Solo Performance in Dostoevsky’s Gentle Spirit (in English) & Maramiya Mon (in Bengali)
  11. Central Character (Sojon) in Jasimuddin’s Sojon Badiyar Ghat
  12. Actor-Singer in Abanindranath Tagore̕s Bappaditya
  13. Patalbabu in Satyajit Ray’s Patalbabu Film Star
  14. Thief in Ashapurna Devi̕s Raater Kutumb
  15. Lead role in Jaha Chai- a lost Shakespearean play- Bengali adaptation by prof. Sukanta Choudhuri

These performances in general and, specially of Meghnad Badh Kabya, have been staged in all major National Theatre Festivals, in London, Edinburgh, Goteborg, New York and about half a dozen States in the US. This performance alone earned me encomium from the public and the connoisseurs alike; excited poets like Sankha Ghosh and Jai Goswami to write on me; inspired Donald Macechine (an associate of Sir Lawrence Olivier) to compare in The Statesman my movements with Nijinsky’s and Professor Kamlakar Sontakke to describe me as the best of young Indian Theatre; provoked DESH (a leading Periodical) to offer a ten-page feature on me.

Directed for Nandikar

  1. Ek Theke Baaro, a moral whodunit (1993)
  2. Nagar Keertan, an Urban Musical (1997) 
  3. Meghnad Badh Kabya, an Epic by Michael Madhusudan Datta (1996) won state award
  4. Kabye Gaane, A musical presentation
  5. Sojon Badiyar Ghat, a Complete Musical based on a ballad by Jasimuddin (2003) featured in Sangeet Natak Akademy Rang Swarn Samoroh in Delhi in 2003.
  6. Dulia based on a story by Leela Mazumder
  7. Andharmoni based on a story by Leela Mazumder
  8. Bappaditya based on a story by Abanindranath Tagore
  9. Chokh Gyalo based on a story Daini by Tarashankar Bandyopadhyay
  10. Patalbabu Film Star based on a story by Satyajit Ray
  11. Notun Chele Notobar based on a story by Leela Mazumder
  12. Jaha Chai a lost Shakespearean play- Bengali adaptation by prof. Sukanta Choudhuri
  • Associate-Director in all Nandikar-Productions since 1988 like Gotraheen, Brechter Khonje, Ei Shahar Ei Samay, Shanu Roychowdhury, Football, etc.  
  • Meghnad Badh Kabya has earned him laurels aplenty, including State Award for Best Production 1996.

Directorial Activities in other theatre troupes

  • Directed Brecht’s Mother Courage (Maa Abhayaa) for a district town theatre troupe Yugagni, Baharampur, which featured in Nandikar’s National Theatre Festival, 1996
  • Directed Akhtarujjaman Iliyas’s Chile Kothar Sepai for Kalyani Natya Charcha Kendra featured in South Asian Theatre Festival 1997 and in Festival of Bengali Plays in Lucknow 1998. It received the State Award as Best Director in 1997.
  • Directed Jai Goswami’s poetic drama Jaraa Brishtite Bhijechhilo for Gandhaar Theatre Group, Kolkata, which featured in Nandikar’s National Theatre Festival 1997 and is currently a pick of Kolkata Theatre. It received the State Award for Best Actress. Recently this Play has been staged in International Theatre Festival in Bangladesh and Kuwait.
  • Directed Jasimuddin’s Nakshi Kanthar Math for Kalyani Natya Charcha Kendra in 2000.
  • Directed Tusharmaalar Deshe for Salt Lake AD School, Salt Lake City which featured in Nandikar’s National Theatre Festival
  • Sadamata Rajkonye for Gokhale College, featured in a number of National Theatre Festivals in Kolkata and Delhi
  • Buri Kaki for Rangkarmee, featured in various Theatre Festivals all over India
  • Rani Dashi, Dashi Rani – a production done in 7 days workshop in Minerva Natyasanskriti Charcha Kendra.


Haoai is selected and much appreciated in The 11th Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2016 – the awards were Best Actor in a supporting role (Female) – Dyuti Ghosh Halder and Best Actor in a supporting role (male) Santanu Ghosh

Co-Director of UTSHOB – an environment-theatre spectacle by Asian ethnic children in London as part of LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre 1997) to mark 50 years of Indian Independence


Dyuti Halder receiving The Award for Best Actor (Female in a supporting role) in Eleventh Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards 2016 from Jawhar Sarkar.

International Performance

  1. Toronto and Ottawa (Cananda) towards performance of Borda Borda in Toronto Sanskriti Sanstha Theatre Festival in May, 2010., June – July 2014, 2019
  2. 14 important cities in USA, including New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Raleigh, Cleveland, Los Angeles during July – September 1998   and Nehru Centre and Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, London and St. Bride’s Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  3. At Theatre Uno and Teater Operan & Logerhaus during International Dance and Theatre Festival, Goteborg, Sweden in 2002
  4. Performance of MEGHNAD BADH KABYA and BORDA BORDA  at Chicago in May, 2019
  5. Visit to USA in 2003 to perform in Nashville BANGA MELA: and perform at Kansas City 
  6.  At Toronto (competition and performance) and Ottawa (performance) in Canada in 2003 and 2005 to act as a judge in International Bengali Drama
  7. Visit USA in 2004 to participate in BANGA SAMMELAN: NABC: 2OO4 at Baltimore 
  8. Visit USA in 2005 to perform in Chicago BANGA SAMMELAN: NABC: 2OO5 
  9. Visit to Bonn, Germany in 2006 to perform Chokh Gyalo in Biennale Bonn: INDIEN 2006 Theatre Festival
  10. Visit to Sweden in 2007 to participate in Swedish International Theatre Festival, BIENNALE at Orebro, Sweden
  11. Visit to USA in 2007 to participate in BANGA SAMMELAN: NABC: 2007 at Detroit, USA
Evald Flisar, playwright of 'The Eleventh Planet', with the team Naye Natua during our tour to Slovenia to perform 'Haoai' (adaptation of play 'The Eleventh Planet') in Kranj Theatre Festival in 2018.