Renowned Bengali filmmaker and poet – Buddhadeb Dasgupta is no more. 

Buddhadeb Dasgupta passed away on Thursday morning. 

He breathed his last at the age of 77. 

Dasgupta was suffering from a kidney ailment. 

Buddhadeb Dasgupta was a recipient of several National Awards. 

He immensely contributed to the growth of Bengali cinema. 

He is survived by his wife and two daughters. 

Condolences poured in following the demise of the legendary filmmaker. 

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted: “Buddhadeb Dasgupta enriched our arts and culture with his world-renowned films as well as poetry – both animated by a heartfelt lyricism. In his passing away, we have lost an extraordinary artist. My condolences to the bereaved family.” 

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tweeted: “Saddened to hear about the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. As a poet, thinker and filmmaker, he made an invaluable contribution to Indian cinema as well as Bengali society and culture. My condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.” 

PM Narendra Modi tweeted: “Anguished by the demise of Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. His diverse works struck a chord with all sections of society. He was also an eminent thinker and poet. My thoughts are with his family and several admirers in this time of grief. Om Shanti.” 

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar tweeted: “Anguished by demise of acclaimed Multiple National Award-winning Bengali filmmaker and renowned poet Shri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. By his diverse works he struck a chord with all sections of society. My thoughts are with his family & several admirers in this time of grief. RIP” 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of eminent filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta. Through his works, he infused lyricism into the language of cinema. His death comes as a great loss for the film fraternity. Condolences to his family, colleagues and admirers.” 

Actor Adil Hussain tweeted: “Another remarkable film maker passes away. Dear Buddhadebda #BuddhadevDasgupta please rest in peace. We never worked together. But hope we meet again in another realm and at least do a good Adda! And talk about great Cinemas that you made and wanted to make. Deep respect.” 

Buddhadeb Dasgupta was born in a Vaidya family in 1944 in Anara near Puruliya in Southern West Bengal. 

He was third of nine siblings. His father Tarkanta Dasgupta was a doctor with the Indian Railway. 

He studied economics at the prestigious Scottish Church College and at the University of Calcutta. 

Buddhadeb started his career as a lecturer of Economics, at the Shyamsundar College of the University of Burdwan followed by City College, Calcutta. 

He started his film career with a 10-minute documentary in 1968 – The Continent of Love. 

He made his first full-length feature film – Dooratwa (Distance) in 1978. 

Some of his most acclaimed films are Bagh Bahadur, Tahader Katha, Charachar and Uttara. 

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