Saswati Sengupta holds a PhD in ‘Kolam of Tamil Nadu’ from the National Museum Institute under the Ministry of Culture in New Delhi, where she also completed her M.A. in History of Art. Born in Chennai in 1975, Saswati Sengupta has travelled widely and lived in various places. Her early childhood was spent in Nigeria from where she visited parts of Europe and Africa and later Southeast Asia. She completed her schooling in Chennai from where her flair for art took her to study design in Kala Bhavan at Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan and to Delhi for creative jewellery design under S. R. Schroeder at Jewellery Product Development Council. In 1998 she received a research grant from the Nehru Trust under which she documented tribal Dokra bronzes in North East of India. She has published several articles in art journals and her poetic reflections in the form of personal diary titled ‘Fragments’ was published in 2001. Dr. Saswati Sengupta continues to research, write and paint and has exhibited her art works in Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, Birla Academy of Art, Kolkata and at other venues in India.
PhD History of Art, 2011, National Museum Institute, New Delhi
Nehru Trust Research Grant 1998-99, ‘Folk Art of Dokra Bronze’
Merit Scholarship, Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati, 1994-95
Nokia Art Certificate of Merit 1999
Kolam for Inscription on the UNESCO Representative List. 2010
1. ‘Love and War in Sangam Poetry’, Art Times, Vol. 1, Issue 3, May-June 1998.
2. ‘Roman Mosaics’, Art Deal, Vol. 2, No. 2, Sept. Nov. 2000.