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Born in 1977

Gethsemane Series

Gethsemane is a place in Palestine, famous as the place where Jesus Christ wept tears of blood pleading with God almighty that he be relieved of the Cross of Calvary. Inspired by this specific visual which to me looked like the ultimate sacrifice I explored on what it would mean to sacrifice. As a matter of theme I didn’t explore on any formulae but relied on chance and imagination , like a Jazz performance with the essence of Gethsemane or rather an ultimate sacrifice in mind being played in different waves. Indeed some element of Christain Iconography have infused here along with elements of Naga Animistic Symbols.  I treated the experience as a clock work machine with puppets also.

Kikimiyeh – LOVE  Series 

Kikimiyeh means (in Sema Naga- a dialect from Nagaland.) LOVE ! Kikimiyeh is a composite term unlike for instance Agape or eros. When I started painting this series I didn’t (as obvious) have an  single specific image in mind and yet as I reflected on past acquaintance and experience – pieces of this expression slowly fleshed in to built these works. A lot of inspiration came from traditional folklore and yet only essence of it I have recorded and this is because I wanted the works to speak a universal language




2012                M.Phil. (Visual Arts), School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi

2000, 2004    Master of Arts (Mass Comm), MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 

1997, 2000    Bachelor of Arts (Int), St Stephens College, Delhi University




2010 – 2012 | Art Consultant  / Artist / Art Fellow

Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj | New Delhi

Teach puppetry 

Art research fellowship on traditional arts / puppetry awarded by Ministry of Culture, India

Research on Naga art and culture/ shawl painting tradition continued

Exhibited paintings, sculpture and puppets in Delhi, Jaipur, Singapore.


2009 March – 2010 April |  Lalit Kala Akademi Scholar / Artist

Lalit Kala Regional Studio, East of Kailash| New Delhi

Practiced painting and sculpture including research on folk painting traditions.

Exhibited paintings and sculptures

Attended national workshops on art and culture


2008 – 2009 | Art Consultant - Puppetry, Naga Arts / Artist

Asian Heritage Foundation | South Extension II, New Delhi.

Documentation and research on traditional arts of India

Design consultancy

Research on Naga art and cultures / shawl painting tradition 


2007 March – 2008 April |  Part-time Teacher / Artist

Vasant Valley School, Vasant Kunj | New Delhi

Taught Video production and puppetry

Exhibited Paintings and sculptures

Attended  national workshops on art and culture


2005 – 2007 | Freelance Journalist / Artist

Nagaland Post, Morung Express | Dimapur & Delhi

Attended national workshops and festivals on arts and crafts

Conducted workshops on puppetry

Research on Naga art and cultures/ shawl painting tradition


2004 April – 2005 April | Production Assistant / Puppeteer

NDTV Greater Kailash 1 | New Delhi.

Managed a team of artists and puppeteers to achieve goals of realizing mechanical muppets (puppets)

Involved in  Video production at various capacities

Artistic consultancy for realizing puppets and scene

Involved in manipulating the puppets/puppet performance




Kohima|New Delhi|Dimapur|Singapore|Jaipur|Mumbai


2014  'Contemporary Figuration' Group show  at  Juneja Art Gallery.

2014   All India Exhibition at Jaipur Art Summit,  Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur

2013  'Confluence des Arts'  a group show of 100 artists at Gallery Artchill, Amber Fort , Jaipur.   

2012   Mending Fences, A group art exhibition, Art Gallery, Science Centre, Citylight, Surat  

2012   Group show at Indigo Blue Gallery Singapore

2012   The Dramatics of Diverse Interpretation/perspectives, Hauz Khas Village 

2011   Art Bull & Art Konsult Autumn Auction 

2010   Art for the Museum III– A group Show at IHC, Lodhi road, New Delhi,.

2010   Drifting Still – A group Show at Art Konsult, Hauz Khas Village New Delhi,

2010   Akhyaan – Festival organized by Indira Gandhi Center for the Arts, (IGNCA)– exhibited puppets in the Contemporary section.

2010   National Art Festival organized by Lalit Kala Akademi at Aizawl, Mizoram,

2010   National Art Festival organized by Lalit Kala Akademi at Jamshedpur,

2009   National Art Festival organized by NCZZ at Allahabad,

            Beyond the Morung – A group show at India habitat center Lodhi road, New Delhi




2012    Junior Artist Fellowship awarded by ministry of culture (puppetry) 

2007    State Award in Painting, Awarded by Ministry of Art and Culture, Govnt of India and NEZCC,

2000    President of Fine Arts Society, St Stephens College,

2000    Silver Medal in Boxing (Lightweight Category) Delhi University,