Mr. Santosh Kumar Das has attended Arts College at the MS University of Baroda, and was the first teacher at the Mithala Art Institute in the small town of Madubhani. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the Asia Society in New York. Santosh Kumar Das is awarded with "Master Artist Prize" by Ojas Art at Jaipur Literary Festival in 2016. He gave lecture at University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, University of Baltimore, University of California. He has exhibited his works in Edge of Desire, a travelling show of contemporary art from India organized by Asia society, New York and Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Dr Maurice Ryder is an Artist, Independent Curator and Photographer. He holds three Honors from the Royal Drawing Society, London. As a photographer, Dr. Maurice was official photographer to three Prime Ministers including the late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. He was also an official photographer to the Army's Eastern Command in the Bangladesh War of 1971 under the then GOC-in-C Lt. Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora. He has done work with the United Nations and the Hindustan Times etc.
Mrs. Bibha Das is a National and State Award winner Mithila painter. She is the daughter-in-law of Padam Shree Mahasundri Devi who gave Madhubani painting a new dimension, who received awards from three Presidents of India Dr Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma and Mrs. Pratibha Patil for her great art work.
Ms. Shalini Karn is an active Mithila painter and has taken her art training under Mr. Santosh Kumar Das. She conducted workshop with the tribes in Jharkhand and among underprivileged children with activists' group called 'UNNOTICED' from JNU, New Delhi. She has also conducted workshop among the Muslim community in the village of Sheikh Tali in the Madhubani district of Bihar. It was a rare event as Madhubani art which is predominantly a form of Hindu art had never been taken to non-Hindu sections before. She has shown in a couple of exhibitions in 2011 at Lalit Kala, Patna. Presently, she is pursuing art as a freelance artist and working on a scholarship from Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in the field of Madhubani painting. She is one of the active members of artist group Kachni-Bharni.
Prof. M. Sashidharan Nair from Baroda was the artist in residencyAt Moinuddin Ahmad Art Gallery between 12-16 February 2014 who conducted workshop and interactive sessions for the students during the residency.
I wish to create things that are tangible in my own hands and simplify the process by involving minimum labour. This is how Prof. Shashidharan explains his art.
Born in Velamanoor, Kollam district, Sashidharan, completed his post-graduation in mural painting from the faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda, where he specialised in Italian and Indian fresco traditions. Sashidharan has been a faculty member of the Department of Painting, at his alma mater since 1992. He has travelled extensively in Europe, and has specialised in Kiln-formed glass process from Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, making him one of the few professional artists in India to have been trained in this stained glass- making process.
As a painter and mural artist, Sasidharan articulates metaphors from oral tradition and contemporary literature. But his metaphors emerge as distant references of images or sometimes as titles, which provide a possibility for an alternate reading