Collaboratively Crafting a Future

Nandita Palchoudhuri
Curator and cultural entrepreneur based in Kolkata, India
The Nest, Talking Birds, Unit 3 Sandy Lane Business Park, Coventry, CV1 4DQ

Nandita’s work innovates new and cutting-edge applications for traditional crafts that challenge the status quo and retain relevance in today’s society, crafting a new sustainable futures for the sector. This is driven through deep-rooted, local and embedded knowledge in combination with international cross-sector collaboration and exchange. Her work explores the possibility of Art to re-examine the old and to create new relationships between social engagement and aesthetic gesture.

From Concept to the final installation of site-specific Artwork, intimate and interactive partnerships form around these projects that include in-depth conversations in classical and contemporary art and design, evolving audience tastes, and international project planning. Success to her is becoming redundant to the craft community she has been working with.

A case study-based account reimagining contemporary traditional Indian crafts for the current times. With a particular focus on sustainability and crafts connected to the Festival of the goddess Durga – including the work of the Kumartuli clay artisans of Kolkata, Pandal making, Chandannagar Lights and Sholapith.

Curator and Cultural Entrepreneur

Nandita Palchoudhuri

Nandita Palchoudhuri is a curator and cultural entrepreneur based in Kolkata, India, with a very strong international and grassroots network. She is also a Trustee on the board of the India Foundation for the Arts, advises the British Council on Craft, is a member of the Crafts Council of West Bengal and is a Trustee of the Academy of Fine Arts. Alongside Pangaea’s Director Lucy Tomlins, she co-curated the highly successful Hand Earth Gesture Return – Sustainable Public Art for Coventry and Warwickshire programme (2021-22) which culminated at Coventry Canal Basin last summer.

Nandita works as a Consultant-Curator within Indian Folk Practices in the Visual Arts, Crafts and Performance. She delivers turnkey projects internationally, in collaboration with artisan communities across India, and across a variety of craft practices, to create fresh expressions of traditional methods.

In association with Kadence Music, Talking Birds and F13.


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