Ritwij Bhowmik

PhD (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
& Design Programme

Research Interest: 



  • PhD, Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
    Thesis Supervisor: Prof. (Dr.) Joyce C. H. Liu
  • P.G. Dip., School of Fine-Arts, Northeast Normal University, China. Supervisor: Prof. Xiaomin Su
  • MFA, Kala-Bhavana, Visva-Bharati University.
  • BVA, Govt. College of Art & Crafts, Calcutta University.



  • Visual arts, Drawing & Painting, Visual Communication, Visual Culture, Art History, and Cinema Studies.

  • ART107: INTRODUCTION TO ART & VISUAL CULTURE, UG Level-I Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART401: Appreciating Far-Eastern Cinema, UG Level-II Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART404: The Art of American War Movies, UG Level-II Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART405: 20th Century American Art, UG Level-II Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART410: The Art of Japanese & Korean Cinema, UG Level-II Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART703: Studio Art Practices, PG Level (PhD Core) Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART705: Modern Far-Eastern Art, PhD Level (Elective) Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART707: Introduction to Chinese Cinema, PhD Level (Elective) Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART711: Creative Painting – Methodology & Practices, PhD Level (Elective) Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • ART715: Visual Culture Research Project, PhD Level (Elective) Course, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

  • Convener, Departmental Seminar & Research Committee (DSRC), Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur 2022-23.

  • Guest Professor (Fulbright Fellow), Dept. of Art & Design, Montclair State University, USA, 1st April – 31st December 2021.

  • Guest Professor, Department of Asian & Islamic Art History, University of Bonn, Germany, May – July 2017.

  • Guest Professor, Institute of Art History, University of Cologne, Germany, December 2016 (1 month).

  • Warden-in-Charge, Hall-VII (Boys Hostel), IIT Kanpur, 1st April 2018 to 31st August 2020.

  • Chairman, Antaragni, IIT Kanpur. Overall Management of the Student’s inter-college Cultural Festival. 2016-18.

  • Convener, Discipline of Fine-Arts, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur 2017-18 & 2022-23.

  • Convener, Departmental Post-graduate Committee (DPGC), Design Programme, IIT Kanpur 2018-19.

  • Convener, Seminar Research Committee (DSRC), HSS Dept, IIT Kanpur, 2018-19.

  • Convener, Departmental Library Committee (DLC), Design Programme, IIT Kanpur 2018-19.

  • Convener, Departmental Under-graduate Committee (DUGC), HSS Dept, IIT Kanpur 2016-17.

  • In charge, Fine-Arts Lab, HSS Dept, IIT Kanpur, 2015-16 & 2017-18.

  • Faculty Coordinator, Cultural Activity, IIT Kanpur, 2018-19.

  • Coordinator, HSS Research Lab, IIT Kanpur, 2018-19.

  • Member, Advisory Board of Academic Research Conferences (ARC), India, Since 2018.


  • 4th Solo Exhibition – “MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE,” at the FINLEY GALLERY, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA, December 2021.

  • Ghorui, D. & Ritwij Bhowmik. “Beyond the Loop: Contemporary Opaque Watercolour Painting Practice in West Bengal.” Design For All Institute of India Vol-17. No-4 (April-2022): pp: 22-46.

  • Dutta, P. & Ritwij Bhowmik. “Printmaking and Social Changes: The Post-War Artistic Perspective Shaped By Gender And Social Turmoils” Shodhsomhita (UGC Care Group 1 Journal), Volume No. VIII, Issue 2, 2021-2022. (ISSN 2277-7067)

  • Mondal, P. & Ritwij Bhowmik. “The Complexity of Historical Museums: An Experimental Zone in the Context of Colonial, Post-colonial and Modern India.” EUROPEAN ACADEMIC RESEARCH, Vol. VIII, Issue 12, March 2021, pp. 7192–7216. (ISSN 2286 – 4822)

  • Bhowmik, Ritwij. “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Indian Art.” Black and White Current Affair Magazine. November 1, 2020. Web

  • Bhowmik, Ritwij. "Painting Dreams." Mentor Vol. 10. Issue 1. June 2016: 6-8. Print

    Bhowmik, Ritwij. "Contemplating with Moving Images: Teaching the Aesthetics of Cinema." Design For All Institute of India Vol-11.No-3 (2016):pp: 69-78.

    Bhowmik, Ritwij. "150 Years of Calcutta's Heritage Art-College: A comprehensive study of its present declining situation." EUROPEAN ACADEMIC RESEARCH. Vol. III. Issue 2 (2015): pp: 1428-1444.

    Bhowmik, Ritwij. "Xu Beihong and India: An Alliance Never Explored." IJAHMS Volume: 1.No.4 (2015): pp: 63-70.

    Bhowmik, Ritwij. "A Magical world of Creativity: The post-2000 Paintings of Ashok Bhowmik." Chitrolekha: International Magazine on Art and Design. Volume 5.Number 1 (2015): Web.

  • Delivered lecture at the Aalto Media Factory, Aalto University, Finland, May 2016.

    Presented Paper on “Knowledge Management at Higher Education Institutions” at the III International Conference on Applied Research in Business, Management, Economics and Finance, Colombo, Sri Lanka, August 2015.

    Participated in Annual Display Exhibition, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China- 2010.

  • Participated in International Art Exhibition by Gerard Mermoz - "Through other eyes, Contemporary Art from South Asia", Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry, UK- 2009.

  • Solo Exhibition of Paintings, Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Kolkata- 2007.

  • Bhowmik, Ritwij. "Contemporary Taiwanese Artistic-Books." TAD: Art Daily 18 Oct. 2013.

  • Bhowmik, Ritwij. "Emergence of Taipei in the World Art Scene." TAD: Art Daily 11 Sept. 2013.

  • Bhowmik, Ritwij. "Xu Beihong's India." TAD: Art Daily 22 Aug. 2013. Print.


  • “Excellence in Teaching Award” by IIT Kanpur, 5th September 2022.

  • Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Fellowship 2020, USIEF in 2020-21.

  • Received the Director’s Letter of Commendation for Excellence in Teaching : 25.

  • DAAD Research Stays Fellowship for University Academics and Scientists 2017, DAAD, Feb 2017.

  • Recipient of Institute Faculty Fellowship, IIT Kanpur, 2014-2017.

  • “Young Scientist in Visual Culture” for the year 2017, Venus International Foundation, November 2017.

  • "Award of Excellent Student [PhD level]" by National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan, 2014

  • "Golden Bamboo-Outstanding Current Student's Scholarship [PhD Level]" by National Chiao-Tung University, 2011- 2012, 2012 – 2013 and 2013 – 2014

  • "Outstanding New Student's Scholarship [Doctoral Degree Candidate] 2011-2012" by National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan

  • "Chinese Govt. Scholarship 2008-2009" by the Ministry of HRD [Govt. of India], 2008

  • "Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada"-Award Grant, 2005

  • "Sri Niramoy Roy Award" for best Intaglio, (Govt. College of Art and Craft), Kolkata, 2002

Ph.D. Completed: 03

  • Mr. BAPPA MAJI, Roll – 16100262, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS. Graduated: June-2020.

  • Ms. SADHANA NASKAR, Roll – 16100273, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS. Graduated: Jan-2021.

  • Mr. DEBASISH GHORUI, Roll – 17100263, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS. Graduated: April-2022.

Current Ph.D. Students: 11

  • Ms. Pronita Mondal, Roll – 16200262, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS.

  • Ms. ANUBHUTI SAHA, Roll – 15219261, PhD (Design), Design Programme (Co-Supervision with Dr. S. Bhattacharya).

  • Mr. HARDIKKUMAR ARVINDKUMAR VALERA, Roll – 18119261, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur (co-supervisor Dr. A. K. Agarwal).

  • Ms. UTKARSHA SUGRIV SONAWANE, Roll – 18119268, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur (co-supervisor Dr. A. K. Agarwal).

  • Mr. PARTHA DUTTA, Roll – 19100262, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS.

  • Ms. GARGI GHOSH, Roll – 19200262, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS.

  • Mr. PUSHKAR PRAVIN PANDEY, Roll – 19119014, MDes-PhD (Dual Degree), Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur.

  • Ms. RENU KUNDU, Roll – 19119015, MDes-PhD (Dual Degree), Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur.

  • Mr. MANASH PRATIM SHARMA, Roll – 20200263, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS.

  • Mr. KEDAR UMESH DICHOLKAR, Roll – 21119262, MDes-PhD (Dual Degree), Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur.

  • Mr. Prosenjit Raha, (Registration No. 19-SP-2), Dept. of Visual-Art, Himachal Pradesh University (co-supervisor Prof. H. Chatterjee, HPU). External PhD Candidate.

M.Des Completed: 07

  • Mr. GOHIL CHIRAG KANAIYALAL, Roll – 20119006, Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur. 2020 – 2022.

  • Mr. RAHUL WAMAN BHURE, Roll – 20119016, Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur. 2020 – 2022.

  • Mr. SHIVAM MANDLOI, Roll – 16821654, BTech-MDes (Dual Degree), Design Programme, IIT Kanpur. 2016 – 2021.

  • Mr. DILIP KUMAR, Roll – 18119002, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur (Jointly with Dr. S. T. Roy), 2018 – 2020.

  • Mr. ONKAR BHARAT LANKE, Roll – 18119004, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur (Jointly with Dr. S. T. Roy), 2018 – 2020.

  • Ms. ANSHU AGARWAL, Roll – 17119004, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur. 2017 – 2019.

  • Mr. ABHISHEK BOSE, Roll – 16119001, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur (Co-Advisor Dr. S. Roy), 2016 – 2018.

Current BT-M.Des Student: 01

  • Mr. ARCHIT GUPTA, Roll –17821145, BTech-MDes (Dual Degree), Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur.

UGP/UG Students Supervision: 11

  • Workshop Organized (in person) – “Kanpur Writers Penmanship Workshop,” at the Dept. of Design, IIT Kanpur, 9th April 2022. (Jointly organized with Dr. M. Das).

  • Extensively studied Chinese language and Calligraphy at the Northeast Normal University (China) and at the National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan).

  • Worked with famous professional drama group -SUDRAK as 'Set- Designer' for theater and drama shows; designed Set/Costume for dramas like-Arshi Desher Porshira, LalKamal O NilKamal etc, (1999- 2003).

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Labs addresses: Fine Arts Lab
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  • Fine-art, Design, Communication Design, Visual Art, Art History, Art Appreciation, Visual Culture, Cinema Studies, Far-Eastern Art, Modern Chinese Art, Chinese Calligraphy and Oil Painting.


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