About
Fine artist, poet, singer and an actor from Calcutta, Papia Ghoshal is a versatile personality who made a prominent brand name in the International scenario creating thousands of paintings, six books of poems, directing and acting in few feature & documentary films &being the lead singer in her Bengali folk music band 'Papia & Baishnav tantra'. She is shuttling between Kolkata (India), London & Prague all the time with her various gigs that has immense populrity & fan following to a vast extent.

Papia Ghoshal is a graduate from University of Calcutta, in Political Science, Sociology & Indian Classical Music (vocal). She has also done her 6th year Diploma in Indian Classical Vocal music, Rabindra Sangeet & Bengali Folk Music. Later she did her further studies in Fine Arts from Merton College London& dedicated herself to Indian art.Papia was a student of Indian legendary painter Prakash Karmakar for over 15 years.

She is the International Editor of "The London Miscellany", dedicated to literature & art,first founded in the UK in 1825. Till 2009 she was the International Editor of The London Magazine, first founded in 1732. In recent times, she is also the curator of Gallery Indian Images based in Kolkata, London and Prague (Czech Republic).

Papia's works are unique & bold. Papia often breaks the boundaries between reality & fantasy. Her first book of poems 'The Days of Menstruation' had been translated into English & Czech. Her poems takes her readers to the visual imageries of her paintings and vice-versa. Her readers are waiting anxiously to her first novel to be published by the end of this year 2014.

Her first painting series The World of Forbidden Dreams became famous due to the fact, that she being a woman artist specializes in male nudity and she uses different forms of male organs to metaforize the subject of her painting.

Papia achieved prestigious awards like:
  • Medal of Franz Kafka (European Circle of Franz Kafka, Prague 2008)
  • Mother Teresa International Award (Kolkata 2012)
  • World Prize of Salvadore Dali (Alliance Salvadore Dali International, Gallery Lapidarium, Prague 2009)
  • European Prize for Fine Arts (by European Union of Arts, Miro Gallery, Prague 2007)
  • Chitranandan Award (Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata 2013)
  • Bhunath Mukhopadhyay Award (Kolkata 2005)
  • Rabindranath Tagore’s 150 years Anniversary Award by Karuvash, (Kolkata 2011)
  • Nandansree Award (Surnandan Bharati, Kolkata 2012)
Her published poetry books:
  • Divoká vůně Lantany (Czech – ready to be published by 2015)
  • The wild smell of lantana (English -2012)
  • Second Sight (English-2009)
  • DnyMenstruace (Czech- 2010)
  • Textuation (2007- joint book with poet Christopher Arkell)
  • Days of Menstruation (English translation by Christopher Arkell, 2006)
  • RiturDingulo (Bengali- Kolkata International Book Fair, 2003)
She regularly appears in various television channels, radios and print media in India, U.K. & Czech Republic. She had been covered by the Czech Television CT2 & CT24 in Czech Rep. The Evening Standard, Private Eye, Zee TV, Anandobazar Patrika, Telegraph, BBC etc... in London …

She had been covered by the Czech Television CT2 & CT24 in Czech Rep. The Evening Standard, Private Eye, Zee TV, Anandobazar Patrika, Telegraph, BBC etc... in London ...

Recent poetry reading performances at:
  • India Club, Strand (with Jay Merill, London 2014)
  • Shangri-la, Livingstone CZ (Ostrava 2013)
  • Incite, Phoenix Artists Club (Open Mike,London 2013)
  • Kolkata International Book Fair 2013
  • GalerieLapidarium(Prague 2012)
  • London Nehru Centre (London 2012)
  • Indian Embassy Prague(Prague 2012)
  • ICCR Azad Bhawan Gallery (Delhi 2012)
  • Bangla Academy (Kolkata 2012)
  • JibananandaShabhaghar (Kolkata 2012)
  • London Book Fair(London 2011)
  • British Library (London 2011) (staged by PapiaGhoshal in Flying Man concert)
  • Theatre Husa n Provazku (Brno 2011)
  • Anglo American University Prague(Prague 2011)
  • Potala(Prague 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Arts Worker's Guild(London 2007)
Exhibitions (to name just a few):
  • Gallery on the Corner, London 2014, Borders & Shunya
  • Indian Night in Sangri-LA, West Czech Muzeum, Plzen 2014
  • Nehru Centre – Jewels in the crown, London 2014 (Tribute to Vivekananda)
  • ICCR, Kolkata 2013 (CITY ART FACTORY; SHOI – BOI MELA)
  • Art Prague, Prague 2013
  • Nehru Centre, London 2012 (Borders & Shunya)
  • Art-Shart, Lahore – Pakistan 2012 (Borders)
  • Go Kamera Fest, Livingstone CZ, Brno 2012
  • Brno Cultural Centre (BKC), Gallery 10, Brno 2011
  • The National Liberal Club, London 2011
  • Nehru Wangchuck Cultural Centre, Bhutan 2011
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 2010
  • Art Prague, Prague 2009
  • The Foyer – Indian Embassy, Berlin 2009
  • Goethe Institute (German Cultural Center), Sri Lanka 2009
  • Gallery Aifacs, Delhi 2008 (hosted by Indian council for cultural relation)
  • Lauderdale House, London 2007
  • Lapidarium Gallery, Prague 2007
  • Many Colours of Asia (representing India) Prague 2007
  • John Bloxhom’s Gallery, London 2006
  • Woburn Gallery, London 2006
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 2006
  • Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkata 2005
  • Chitrakoot Art Gallery Kolkata 2005
  • Nehru Centre, London 2005
  • Diorama Art Gallery, London 2004
  • Gender Studies, Prague 2004
  • Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi 2004
  • Tagore Centre, Berlin
  • Trienal Prague National Gallery
  • Gallery Miro Prague
  • Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi
Cinema
Papia is director & producer of documentary films

Syria, in Search of Truth (Cine Central International Film Festival 2013, Kolkata international Film Festival 2013, Bidhannagar Winter International Film Festival, 2014)
Rituals & Festivals of Bengal (screening at The London Nehru Centre 2014)
Second Sight (International Video Art Fest in Rome)

Is co-producer of Bengali feature film Shilpantar, screened at international film festivals in Bratislava, Sofia and Helsinki.

Was a producer & director for Tv serial Rangeen Prithibi.

She assisted director Ashoke Viswanathan & Bappaditya Bandopadhyay for few years in several projects.

Papia did her further studies

in 35 mm Film making from Rain dance Film Institute London
In Cinematography ARI 5 camera from Rain dance Film Institute London

Acted in films

Kantatar (BarbedWire) – Dir. Bappaditya Bandhopadhyay (premiered at 10 international festivals)
Cosmix Sex – Dir.Amitabh Chakraborty (Cine Central International Film Festival, Kerala International Film Festival)
Shantiniketan – Dir.Ashoke Viswanathan
Untitled – Dir. Sunil S. (SRFTI DIPLOMA film)
Khasi Khata –Dir. Judhajit Sarkar
Mutual Man – Dir. Q (Quashik Mukherjee)

Recently Papia is working in a Malayalam film directed by Sunil S.

Aleš Lang made a documentary film on Papia Ghoshal called ‘Papiathe Rainbird’ (Kolkata International Film Festival, Trissur International Film Festival)

Martin Pátek from Czech Television made a documentary film on Papia Ghoshal ‘Babylon – Papia Ghoshal’.

Aparagita Sinha made a documentary film on Papia Ghoshal – ‘Indian in Prague’.