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Debashis Roy Chowdhury

By Steven Franco

Debashis Roy Chowdhury had his off-Broadway debut in NYC with Soho Rep’s “Public Obscenities” in 2023. He and rest of the cast have received Drama Desk’s ‘Ensemble Award’ in 2023.

Debashis was initiated into theater during his college days in Kolkata, India and was inspired by Badal Sarkar’s third-theater form. In USA, he has acted in English and Bengali plays produced by multiple theater groups in Boston, notably ‘Off-Kendrik’ and ‘SETU’.

Some of his notable roles were: Master-chef Byakaron Singh in “Boro Holo J”, an original play by Off-Kendrik, Boston; Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Vatia in “Spartacus” written by Badal Sarkar (Kolkata); Kaka-saheb(uncle) in Vijay Tendulkar’s “Kamala” (SETU, Boston); O’Brien in Bengali adaptation of “1984” (Kolkata).

Debashis had directed plays in English and Bengali, namely, “Power to the People” and “Pakhir Paona”. He is a vocalist trained in North Indian classical music tradition. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area, California.