Tanmay Santra


During an artistic practice of nearly two decades, he has had two Solo shows – ‘Inheriting the Earth’ at SSVAD, Santiniketan (2012) and ‘Domicile-Domain-Dominion: Tales of a Changing Land’ at Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad (2012). His group shows include ‘Time Warp’, a group show conceptualized by Lina Vincent at Gallery Veda, Chennai, January 2021; ‘Remembering Dinkar Kowshik’ a group show organized by Santiniketan Kala Bhavan Praktoni at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata, 2019; ‘When the Caged Birds Sings’, organized by Anant Art and Apparao Galleries, The Lodhi, New Delhi, 2018; ‘Shifting Realities’, curated by Pranamita Borgohain and hosted by Anant Art, at Shridharani Art Gallery, New Delhi, 2017; ‘Of Moorings’, organized by Gandhara Art Gallery, Kolkata, 2016; ‘Blurred Gazes- Reflection on Hyderabad from a Distance’ curated by Anja Ellenberger (Germany) at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 2015; ‘Shifting Selves’ at Ganges Art Gallery, Kolkata, 2015; ‘Art for Cry’ at ICCR, Kolkata, 2014; ‘Papyrus’ curated by Ushmita Sahu at GalleriaM, Kolkata, 2014; ‘Po10tial 3’ at Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, 2012; ‘Creative Idioms’ curated by Seema Subbanna, New Delhi, 2012; ‘For Husain at 94’ organized by SAHMAT, New Delhi in 2009; ‘Pastiche’ curated by Aparna Roy at ABS Art Gallery in Vadodara, 2007; ‘Crosscurrents, Crosstalk: A Politics of Location’ curated by Nanak Ganguly, Samokal Art Gallery in Kolkata (2007); ‘An Art Exhibition by Young Contemporaries of Santiniketan’ at Nandan Art Gallery, Santiniketan (2006); ‘Indian Paintings Exhibition’ in Jakarta, Indonesia(2006).

Public Art Project: ‘Memories’, an interactive art project (Number of co-artists:3) displayed at Hyderabad Literary Festival, funded by Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad, 2016.

 Art Camp/Workshops participated:   

Art Camp coordinated by Nanak Ganguly and supported by Tiara Foundation, Goa, 2010.
Curators’ Workshop coordinated by German curator Anja Ellenberger and organized by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, 2015.
Curators’ Workshop coordinated by German curator Anja Ellenberger, organized and hosted by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad and DHI Artspace, Hyderabad, 2017.

 Workshops conducted:

Conducted Workshop titled ‘STEP 2018’ at IIIT, Hyderabad, May 2018.
Conducted two Drawing Workshops at Hyderabad Literary Festival, Hyderabad, January 2019.

Curation: He curated an online group exhibition titled ‘Allegories and Voices: Contemporary Drawing as Thought’ hosted by Goethe-Zentrum Hyderabad, January – February 2021.

Degrees Held:

  1. Sc. from University of Calcutta, Kolkata (1991); B. V. A. from Indian College of Arts and Draftsmanship, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata (1999); and M. F. A. from Kala Bhavan, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal (2002).

Awards/Fellowships: He received Junior Fellowship from Govt. of India, New Delhi (2002-04); ‘Artist Dinkar Thopate Award’ from Tilak Smarak Trust, Pune (2005); City Award for Hyderabad from Prafulla Dahanukar Art Foundation, Mumbai (2017).

 Recent Publications:

  1. A piece of prose along with two drawings published in Ekak Matra, a bi-monthly Bengali magazine, Kolkata, March 2018.
  2. An article titled ‘Shilpir Ekakitwa’ published in Ekak Matra, a bi-monthly Bengali magazine, Kolkata, September 2018.
  3. Artwork for ‘cover’ along with 4 drawings published in Ekak Matra (Bengali), Kolkata, Nov 2019.
  4. Artwork for Book Cover of the book titled ‘Ashai Banche Chasha’ (Bengali) by Anindya Bhattacharya, Upopath, Kolkata, February 2020.

Research Interests: Drawing, Design, Book Art, History of Photography, Curation

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