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Sangeet Natak Akademi condoles the death of Tapas Sen

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New Delhi, Jun 29 (UNI) The Sangeet Natak Akademi mourned the death of eminent light designer of the Indian stage Tapas Sen who died in Kolkata yesterday.

He was 82.

Mr Sen was born in Dhubri, Assam, and belonged to a generation of stage artists in India who found their vocation through their work with the India People's Theater Association (PTA) in 1940s and grew as new channels for their creativity opened up in independent India.

Mr Sen remained centered on the stage in his long career, but also lent his talent to the cinema, sound and light shows and the lighting of urban landmarks.

A shadow play on the Bengal famine of 1943 along with Mrinal Sen marked the beginning of Tapas Sen's work on the stage. He worked with every notable director of Bengal since the 1940s.

Since 1950s, Mr Sen had been called upon to advise on projects of national importance and conducted workshops on stage design all over the country.

He was the only Indian lighting designer to be invited to an international colloquium on film, television and theater lighting at Bradford, UK, organised by the National museum of Photography, Film and Television. His paper in that colloquim, " Light, Mind and Lighting" won wide appreciation.

He was honoured by the Sangeet Natak Akademi's Kalidas Samman award in 1974, Dinabandhu Puraskar award of West Bengal Government and the Millennium Award of the Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi.

He was a fellow of the Lighting Designers, UK and a fellow of the Indian Society of Lighting Engineers.

He was elected fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi in 2004 for his contribution to Indian theater.

UNI/BKS LS HT1745

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