Theatre Personalities of Bihar are popular all across the nation for their medium of language; that is different accents of Hindi language. Hindi being the national language, the task of communication was comparatively easier for the theatre personalities of Bihar. Dance drama Goddess Durga of Bihar Maithili is spoken in most of the north Bihar areas, where theatre of Bihar took its actual form. The theatre personalities of Bihar can boast some of the oldest theatrical traditions in India, dating to the growth of Kirtaniya in the fourteenth century. Hence they form an important association with classical Sanskrit and regional forms. In the medieval period, theatre initiated by the theatre personalities of Bihar spread to Assam and Nepal, producing a huge corpus of Maithili drama. Siddhi Narasinghadeva and Bhupatindra Malla were among the known theatre personalities of Bihar. At the end of the nineteenth century Parsi theatre influenced the theatre personalities of Bihar, leading to the premature burial of Kirtaniya genre. Ram Gopal Bajaj, Kedar Nath Sahoo, and Satya Bandopadhyay are the eminent theatre personalities of Eastern India.
Theatre personalities of Orissa are the eminent people who worked with effort to popularise Oriya Theatre. The Oriya theatre comprises of a lot of variety. The Theatre personalities of Orissa worked in puppetry, like Kundhei Nata, Sakhi-kundhei Nata, Ravana Chhaya and in balladry like Daskathia, Pala with equal proficiency. The devotional ritual forms of theatre in Orissa like Danda Nata, Bandi Nata and others were patronised by the theatre personalities of Orissa. The diverse forms of Lila, including Yatra, Dhanu Yatra, Rahasa, Bharat Lila, mythological presentations such as Prahlada Nataka, Suanga, masked dance-drama like Chhau and Desia Nata, folk dance like Chaiti Ghoda Nata, and satire such as Mughal Tamsha are all famous today owing to the performances of the talented theatre personalities of Orissa. The rapid urbanization and the traditional elements are still visible in Oriya theatre, due to the visible efforts of the theatre personalities of Orissa. Banamali Pati, Ramchandra Mishra, Jaga Mohan Lala, Manoranjan Das, Biswajeet Das, Gopal Chhotray, Godavarish Mishra, Kampal Mishra, Baishnab Pani, Ramesh Panigrahi, Baidyanath Sharma, Bhikari Charan Patnaik, Kali Charan Patnaik, Simanchal Patro, Ramshankar Ray, Ananta Charan Sai, Raghu Nath Satapathy, Aswini Kumar Ghose, Bhanja Kishore Patnaik are the notable theatre personalities of Orissa Theatre.
Theatre Personalities of Assam boasts a glorious history of Assamese theatre from its bygone era. One type named Ankiya Nat or Bhaona, composed by Vaishnava reformers like Sankaradeva and Madhavadeva, are still staged in community halls termed nam-ghar by the theatre personalities of Assam. Mohan Chandra Barman, Padamanath Gohain Barooah, Dulal Roy, Mitradev Mahanta Adhikar, Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Arun Sarma, Phani Sarma, Satya Prasad Barua, Lakshminath Bezbaruah are the noteworthy theatre personalities of Assam. The theatre personalities of Assam perform different modes of theatre, such as Bhaoriya, Dhuliya, and Oja-Pali. In 1875, the theatre personalities of Assam with the help of theatre of a Western mould, with proscenium stage and Anglo-European dramatic structure, made its first appearance at Guwahati. Initially, the theatre personalities of Assam were held on temporarily erected stages. But permanent structures came up in the 1890s and by the second decade of the twentieth century, all the district and sub divisional towns, including a few semi-urban places, staged at least few shows by the theatre personalities of Assam every year. Usually the plays performed by the theatre personalities of Assam during festivals or important occasions are just for the pleasure of putting up a show.
Theatre personalities of West Bengal have played a major role towards popularizing the culture of Indian theatre in the country. With the maturity and progress of the Indian drama, theatre personalities of West Bengal gained much importance and recognition. The coy step which it took long back in the year 1794 with the staging of mainly the translated plays, with time, became, a much sought after art form in illustrating West Bengal or broadly, the then India. The contribution of the eminent theatre personalities of West Bengal is enormous. Ajitesh Bandopadhyay, Amritalal Basu , Bhatta Narayana Mrigaraja, Mohit Chattopadhyaya, Ahindra Choudhury Khaled Choudhury, Upendranath Das Gaibi Nath Dasgupta, Girish Ghosh, Shyamanand Jalan, Sabitabrata Dutta ,Surjya Kumar Dutta, Dinabandhu Mitra, Manoj Mitra, Sombhu Mitra, Molina Devi, Dwijendra Lal Roy, Aparesh Chandra Mukhopadhyay, Ardhendu Sekhar Mustafi, Manmatha Ray, Kumar Roy, Rupa Gosvamin , Kanishka Sen, Satu Sen, Siddheshwar Sen, Tapas Sen, Rudraprasad Sengupta, Sachindranath Sengupta, Badal Sircar, Jyotirindranath Tagore, Phani Bhusan Vidyabinode, Kshirod Prasad Vidyavinod, Sekhar Chatterjee, Bijon Bhattacharya, Tarun Krishna Roy, Binodini Dasi, Tripti Mitra Sarajubala Devi, Sova Sen Jogesh Dutta, Sisir Kumar Bhaduri, Surendranath Ghosh, Suman Mukhopadhyay, Bratya Basu, Koushik Sen are the masons who have led to the building blocks of the mansion of Bengal Theatre.
(Last Updated on : 14-08-2013)