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Sisir Sahana


Born : 1963, Bankura, West Bengal. India



Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting from Kala-Bhavan, Santiniketan, Visva-Bharati University, WB. 1982-1987.

Master in Fine Arts in painting from Kala-Bhavan, Santiniketan, Visva-Bharati University,

W B. 1987-1989.

Advanced Diploma in Stained Glass, Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design, London. 1993-1994.


Merit Scholarship from Visva-Bharati University, 1982-1989. India.

Commonwealth Scholarship: Nominated by The Ministry of Human Resources and Development, Department of Education, Government of India, sponsored by the Commonwealth Universities Commission, United Kingdom. 1993-1994.



Junior Research Fellowship in the field of Glass Painting for 1992,1993 and Senior Research Fellowship for 2008 and 2009 from Ministry of Human Resources & Development, Department of Culture, Government of India.

Invited on a Fellowship by Creative Glass Center of America, USA to participate as a Fellow artist from January to April, 2000 (three months) and from January to April, 2004 (three months).

Residency Programme: Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh, USA. 2019.


1986: Kala Bhavan Annual Exhibition, Santiniketan, West Bengal.

1989: Samakalin Chitrakala, Assam.

1993; Bombay Art Society, Mumbai.

1993; Highly Commented Certificate from Hyderabad Art Society.

1995; Cash Award from Hyderabad Art Society.

1997; Highly commented Certificate from AIFACS in Hyderabad.

2000; AIFACS Regional Award.

2001; AIFACS National Award.


Engaged in interdisciplinary art practice in various mediums.


Solo Exhibitions:

1989: Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta.

1992: The Heritage, Madras.

1995: Surya Gallery, Hyderabad.

1996: Alliance Françoise, Hyderabad.

1998: Threshold, Visakhapatnam. AP.

1998: Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Hyderabad.

2006,2001,1998,: Galerie 88, Kolkata.

2000, 1998: Apparao Galleries, Chennai.

2002, 2001: L.V.Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad.

2005:2001, Jehangir Art Gallery, Organized by The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.

2010: 2008; Forum Art Gallery, Chennai.

2011,2007,2003,2000,1998,1996: Gallery Ganesha, Delhi.

2012,2011,2010,2007,2006,2004,;Kalakriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad.

2011: 2004: 2002. Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore.

2019: Kala-Bhavana, Visva- Bharati, West Bengal.

2019: Emami Art Gallery: Kolkata, West Bengal.

2019: Kalalriti Art Gallery, Hyderabad, Telangana.

2019: Gallery Ganesha, New Delhi.

2020: Forum Art Gallery, Chennai.


Exhibitions outside India:

1993: The Cochrane Theatre, London.

1994: Conn & Wolfe Young artists Exhibition, London.

1994: Knapp Gallery, London.

1994: The Cochrane Theatre, London.

2000: Bank Side Gallery, London.

2000: Creative Glass Center of America, USA.

2004, 2006: Asian Contemporary Art Fair, Singapore.

2004: Creative Glass Centre of America, U S A.

2005: Arts India Gallery, New York.

2007: International Contemporary Art Biennial, Turkey

2014. Spirit of Asian Artist, Gaon Gallery, Korea.

2016. The Santiniketan Inspiration-20 Artists. In South Korea, Thailand and UK.


Participated in many group exhibitions,

online exhibitions, seminars, art workshops

in India and abroad.

Made largest installations of outdoor sculptures in glass in India in public places. One is in New Town, Kolkata (Title of the work is ‘GROWTH’) and the other one is in Bolpur, Birbhum (Title of the work is ‘Rabindranath’). Both are commissioned by  HIDCO, Govt. of West Bengal. India. 



  1. Architectural Glass Art by Andrew Moor, London, 1997.

  2. Glass at Central, by Hildegard Pax, London, 2011.

  3. Many write up with images of art works published in Catalogues, Newspapers related to the Artist, Exhibitions in India and Abroad since 1989.



Film making:

 Direction and Production:

Directed two feature films and 3 documentary films -

Prithvi (Feature film) in 2006 in Bengali and Telugu (80 minutes).

Film was shown in Kolkata International Film Festival, 2006

Released in Kolkata and Hyderabad in 2006.

Participated in Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh, 2007.

Participated in Kochi International Film Festival, Kerala, 2007.


Maati-O-Manush (The Soil and the People), is another feature film Directed and Produced by Sisir Sahana in 2009 in Bengali (104 minutes).

Film was released in 2009 in Kolkata.

Received a Jury Award from The New Hope Film Festival, USA in 2010.

Received Nomination in The Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2010.

Shown in Kolkata International Film Festival, Kolkata, 2009.

Shown in Kochi International Film Festival, Kerala, 2010.

Rainbow Film Festival, London, 2010.

India – Africa film festival, Africa  in 2013.

Shown in Gorky Sadan, Kolkata. West Bengal, India 2015.


Documentary Film: Directed on an artist Surya Prakash titled

Surya Prakash: A journey through Life and Art in 2012. (26 minutes)

Selected for screening in New Hope Film Festival, USA, 2013.


Documentary Film:

Directed and produced a documentary film named:

Nandan Mela, Kala-Bhavana and Santiniketan --- a collective spirit. 2013. ( 21 minutes)

Film has been selected for screening at The New Hope International Film Festival, USA.


Directed and produced a Documentary film –

Safdariya Girls School – A mission of a Protagonist woman. A school established in Hyderabad, India by Begum Ali Mirza in 1933 (5 minutes). Larger version is in the process.


A documentary film on Visva-Bharati is jointly being made by Visva-Bharati and myself. Script is written me and film is being directed by me. Film will soon be ready to watch.


Teaching experience:

1989 to 1994: The Hyderabad Public School, Hyderabad, Telangana.

1991-92: Visiting Lecturer, College of Fine Arts, JNTU, Hyderabad.


Presently teaching as a Professor in Ceramic & Glass, Department of Design,

Kala-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal – 731235, India.


Cell: +91 9635193510, e-mail:

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