Baul Papia Ghoshal​

Fine artist, poet, singer, dancer and an actor from Kolkata, Papia Ghoshal is a versatile  personality who has built up a prominent brand name in the international art and poetry  scenario, for her uniquely alternative style, boldness and imagination that left an eternal impact  to her followers. She is also known for her distinguished raw voice while singing traditional  Baul and other rare forms of Bengali folk songs.

Her way of life, she believes has much in common with the ancient philosophy and practices of  the Bauls of Bengal. Papia, being a bohemian by nature, chose to be based in the south of  Bohemian Prague, surrounded by the nature, where the holy Celtic Oppidum, river Vltava and  the preserved forests at Zavist Zbraslav mingle in ecstasy. She also loves to find out time to spend quiet moments at her ashram, a musical & meditative  space in the outskirts of Kolkata, in the winters, when India spreads her arms to the world.  

Education

Papia Ghoshal is a graduate from the University of Calcutta, in Political Science, Sociology,  Indian Classical Music, Rabindra Sangeet and Folk Music, followed by Master’s degree in  Indian Music. Later she did her further studies in Fine Arts from a college in London &  dedicated herself to Indian art. Papia was an apprentice & friend of the Indian legendary painter Prakash Karmakar, by whose side she painted for over 15 years.

She is the International editor of ‘The London Miscellany’, a British heritage magazine,  dedicated to art & literature, first founded in 1825.

Artist career

Her artistic career began at the age of twenty, when she managed to establish and build one of the most successful companies in Calcutta focused on interior & furniture design called ‘Intrique’. In this company she worked as a proprietor and director until for about ten years until she sold the company and began to devote herself fully to painting, sculpturing and poetry. At this time, at the turn of her vital life interests, she met film director Bappaditya Bandopadhyay, who found the inspiration and motivation in her creativity for his film works.

Art work

Papia’s work is a fascinating mixture of traditional Indian philosophy and the European surrealist movement. She often challenges norms and overcomes boundaries between reality &  fantasy. On the contrary, she merges those together, from which her own unconventional style  is created. The strange, almost magical transformations of the human form goes beyond  anthropology, to enter the realm of poetic metamorphosis.

Using her intuitive knowledge, Papia challenges the interpretation of visible & invisible worlds.  The intensity of her insight is powerfully pronounced in the characters she develops. The  vibrant use of colours on the canvas is as full of energy as, according to tantrism, the cosmos is  full of energy. Out of those colours emerge powerful messages, where subjects are stripped of  their social conventions, hypocrisies and taboos.

Her poems takes her readers to the visual imageries of her paintings and vice-versa.  Papia Ghoshal, being a passionate artist who loves to experiment with many different ideas,  sometimes can be seen driving the broad gauge locomotive steam train with passengers, in the  west Somerset, England! She loves the colour of the fire while driving.

Papia achieved various prestigious international and national awards for her contribution to  contemporary Fine Arts and poetry:

× Medal of Franz Kaka 

× Mother Theresa International Award

× World Prize of Salvadore Dali

× European Prize for Fine Arts

× Chitranandan Award

× Rabindranath Tagore’s 150 years anniversary Award by Karuvash

× Nandansree Award 

× Surloknandan Award

Among many more national awards…