Later he associated with virtually all the major playhouses in Kolkata. The names are Manomohan, Minerva where he joined as manager in 1930, Rungmahal, Natyaniketan, and Natyabharati. Mahendra Guptas Kankabatir ghat i.e. "Kankabati's Ghat" in 1941 saw one of his best acting accomplishments. His inborn histrionic talent lay in characterizing different types by immaculately improvising their identifying traits. Besides Shah Jahan, the innumerable roles synonymous with his name include Selecus in Roy's Chandragupta, Aurangzebin Bankim Chandra Chatterjee's Rajsinha dramatized by Amritalal Basu, Kama in Kamarjun, Chandrababu in Tagore's Chirakumar sabha i.e. 'Celibates' Club', Adhikari in Chatterjee's Kapalkundala dramatized by Girish Ghosh, etc. Jatin in Tagore's Grihaprabesh i.e. 'House warming', and Paresh-babu in Tagore's Gora dramatized by Naresh Mitra were also some of the great performances of Ahindra Choudhury.
He was a pioneer in make-up; he also acted in films notably as the father in Doctor in 1941 and became a pathfinder in formulating and introducing theatre curricula in Indian higher education, serving as Dean of the Theatre and Fine Arts Faculty, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. His two-volume autobiography named Nijere haraye khunji i.e. 'Searching for My Lost Self' in 1962-71, regales with anecdotes and documentation of life behind the curtains of Bengali theatre.
This fabled artist died in the year of 1974.
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