Born: Kalyani, West Bengal, India
Roopa Ganguly (born 25 November 1966) is an Indian actress, playback singer and politician. She is best known for her rendition of Draupadi in B R Chopras hit television series Mahabharat (1988). Often promoted as the Bengali Film Industrys answer to Bollywoods Shabana Azmi, she is known for her versatility and accent adaptation. She worked with directors such as Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen, Goutam Ghose and Rituparno Ghosh. She is a trained Rabindra Sangeet vocalist and a classical dancer. She received several awards including a National Award and two BFJA Awards. In October, 2015, she was nominated as a Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, by the President of India. She served as the President of BJP Mahila Morcha in West Bengal. She served as the General Secretary and the Vice President for the West Bengal Motion Picture Artistes Forum, a body representing cine artistes.
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