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Born in 1992, based in Santiniketan, WB, India, and currently in Maastricht, Netherlands.

Represented by Emami Art Gallery, Kolkata, India. 



Educational Qualification:

2017        MFA, painting department, from Kala Bhavana Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.

2016        Student exchange program and Cultural Exchange at Yunnan University, China.

2015        BFA, painting department from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati, Santiniketan.


Awards | Scholarships:

2022         Prince Claus Seed Award, Prince Claus Fund, Netherlands.

2022         Inlaks Fine Art Award, Inlaks Foundation.

2020-21   Emerging Artist Award extended support platform from FICA &

                  MMF (Mrinalini Mukherjee Foundation)

2019         State Award Fellowship in New Media, Prafulla Dhanukar Art Foundation.

2016         MOYTREE, an award from AIR.

2016         YOU Scholarship, from Telegraph.

2016         National Scholarship by CCRT Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in Painting.

2016         Merit Scholarship, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University.

2014         Merit Scholarship, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University.

2013         BASUDHA 2013 award, Painting, BASUDHA Festival, Odisha.

2012         Merit Scholarship, Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University.

Residencies :


2022-23      Jan Van Eyck Residency, Maastricht, Netherlands.

2022            Inlaks Fine Art Award Residency at 1Shanthiroad, Bangalore.

2022            India Art Fair Artist in Residence.

2021             Gästeatelier Krone in association with Khoj Kolkata, at Aarau, Switzerland.

2020            Piramal Art Residency, cycle 24, Visualizing the text, Maharashtra.


Talks | Presentation | Workshop | Screenings:


2023    The Living Scar, screened as part of the Transitions, Special program: selected

             works from the Jan van Eyck Academie Lumière (Lumière Cinéma, Maastricht), NL.

2023    Understanding Body as Home, Talk and Workshop at Central Saint Martin,

             Camberwell College of Arts and London College of Fashion as part of

             Subcontinent Divided Bringing communities together, A critical reflection

             on Independence 75 years project led by a steering group at the University of the

             Arts London (UAL), UK.

2023    Memory collector, Talk, and Workshop as a part of Skillz Week in the Illustration

             programme at Camberwell College of Arts, UK.

2023    The Living Scar & The last leap screened at Young Collectors Hub at Bikaner

             House, as a part of the India Art Fair (IFA), Delhi.

2022    The Memory Collectors, Intergenerational Creative Engagements with Partition

             Oral Histories and Archives, Speakers -Arpita Akhanda, Visual Artist; Aanchal

             Malhotra, Oral Historian; Bani Singh, Filmmaker & Space Designer; Moderator-       

             Urvashi Butalia Writer, Publisher & Activist, By Bangalore International Centre(BIC).

2022    WARP, WEFT, AND MEMORIES: Workshop at India Art Fair, curated by an art

             education organization LAND (Learning through Arts, Narrative, and Discourse),

             New Delhi.

2021     Transboundary Collaboration, Online Talk on Digital Community with Arpita

             Akhanda and the artist duo Roger Wirz and Thomas Hüsler,  moderated by Gitta

             Bertram and curated by Kollektiv Kollektiv.


Art works in collection of various major private collections, including.

Museum Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen K21, Dusseldorf, Germany.

Piramal Foundation, Maharastra, India.

Emami Group, Kolkata, India.

Publications | Reviews (selected):


2022    MIT HAUT UND HAAR, published by Forum Schlossplatz, Aarau, Switzerland.

2021     Befragung der Fluchtbewegung by Michael Hunziker, AAKU Aargauer

             Kulturmagazin, Aarau, Switzerland.

2021     An artist who weaves memories of the Partition in her work by Rahul Kumar,                                       MintLounge online paper review, India.

2020    The writing on the wall by Shubhalakshmi Shukla, ARTIndia magazine review,


2018     The seismic disorders of the senses, review of solo show by Ritta Datta, in The

             Telegraph New Paper, India.

2018     Content defined in multiple mediums, review of solo show by curator and art

             writer Soma Bhowmik for the Art and Deal magazine, India.

2018     Emerging Diversity review by curator and art writer Soma Bhowmik for the                         

             Art and Deal magazine, India.

2017     Saying things in a new voice by Rita Datta, in The Telegraph New Paper, India.


Solo Shows:


2021     শরীর | Körper: The memory collector, Kunstrum, Aarau, Switzerland.

2018     A Walkover Senses, solo show at JANUS Center for Visual and performing art, 

             Kolkata, India.


Solo Performances:

2023    Transitory Body performed at K21 Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany.

2022    Transitory Body performed at RIVERS AND ROAD: meandering stories of India,

             curated by Valeria Contarino, Pranitha Joseph, and Zhu Yaning, AAIE Center for

             Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy.

2022    Transitory Body performed at Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, Rome, Italy.

2022    360 minutes of requiem performed at The Studio, India Art Fair, New Delhi, India.

2020   Transitory Body: the memory collector, at Piramal Art Residency, cycle 24, Maharastra,


2019    In Between the Living and Dead, Texting Being Theertha International Performance

            Platform, curated by Smitha Cariappa & Jeetin Rangar Colombo, Srilanka.

2017    Creating to Destroying, Human Ecology and Art, 3rd Multidisciplinary Art show,

             curated by Chhatrapati Dutta Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Group Exhibitions | Performances (Selected) :




TRESPASSING: An (Un)Intended Unity, curated by Puck van der Werf and Humie Pourseyf at Huis Marseille Museum of Photography, Amsterdam for Museumnacht.
Polyphonies in Distance, curated by Sibdas Sengupta, Gallery Dotwalk, Delhi. 

You cannot step into the same river twice, Performance by Arpita Akhanda, Cristina Flores Pescorán, and Rehema Chachage, part of Murmuring Matter: On the Cosmopolitics of Materials, Museum Night Maastricht, Jan Van Eyck Academie.

Art Düsseldorf, represented by Emami Art, Kolkata.

India Art Fair, represented by Emami Art, Kolkata.




RIVERS AND ROAD: meandering stories of India, curated by Valeria Contarino, Pranitha Joseph and Zhu Yaning, AAIE Center for Contemporary Art, Rome.

AD Design Show, represented by Emami Art, Kolkata.

360 minutes of requiem performed at The studio, India Art Fair, New Delhi.

India Art Fair, represented by Emami Art, Kolkata.



ISHAH, An exhibition of works by women artists, Amdavad ni Gufa, Ahmedabad. Framing Infections,

Pandemic as Portal by Badam Tree in association with 1.Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery.

Hub India, Artissima International Fair of Contemporary Art at Torino, Italy, curated by Myna Mukherjee and Davide Quadrio, represented by Emami Art.

Of Liminal Beings and other spaces, curated by Ushmita Sahu, Emami Art gallery, Kolkata.

The Trifecta of Movement at Exhibit 320, New Delhi.

The absent presence, an online & onsite performance, conceptualized by Arpita Akhanda, Emami Art Gallery, Kolkata.



The Lay of the Land, Exhibit320, Art and Design Week, New Delhi.

Aroh, Emami Art Open Call - Online Exhibition and Mentorship Programme 1.3 curated by Ushmita Sahu.

Departure, a group show conceptualized by Prasanta Sahu, at Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata. Freeing the Book A Group Show, Blueprint12, The Manor, New Delhi, India.




Inside the fiber, a group show curated by Soma Bhowmik, Artsacre Museum, Kolkata. Kolkata Art Fair, group show, Kolkata Center for Creativity, Kolkata

Texting Being Theertha International Performance Platform, curated by Smitha Cariappa & Jeetin Rangar Colombo, Srilanka.




A Walkover Senses, solo show at JANUS center for visual and performing art, Kolkata. Pentamerous, group show at Art Exposure, Kolkata



Barbil Art Project (BAP-III), curated by Ushmita Sahu, Barbil, Odisha.

The Shape of Things, a group show curated by Ushmita Sahu, Ganges Gallery, Kolkata.


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