Ritwij Bhowmik

PhD (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Assistant 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.



  • Art History,  Design, Communication Design, Visual Culture, Cinema Studies, Far-Eastern Art, Modern Chinese Art and Oil Painting.


  • 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 2016-till date. 
  • Chairman, Antaragni, IIT Kanpur. Overall Management of the Student’s inter-college Cultural Festival. 2016-18.
  • Convener, Departmental Post-graduate Committee (DPGC), Design Programme, IIT Kanpur 2018-19.
  • Convener, Seminar Research Committee (DSRC), HSS Dept, IIT Kanpur, 2018-19. 
  • Convener, Discipline of Fine-Arts, HSS Dept., IIT Kanpur 2017-18.
  • 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. 

  • 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.


  • 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: 01

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

Current Ph.D. Students: 09

  • Ms. SADHANA NASKAR, Roll – 16100273, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS. Preparing for Thesis Submission.

  • Ms. ANUBHUTI SAHA, PhD (Design), Design Programme (Co-Supervision with Dr. S. Bhattacharya). Preparing for Open Seminar.

  • Ms. Pronita Mondal, Roll – 16200262, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS. SOTA completed, fieldwork going on.

  • Mr. DEBASISH GHORUI, Roll – 17100263, PhD (Fine-Arts), Dept. of HSS. SOTA completed, fieldwork going on.

  • Mr. PARTHA DUTTA, Roll – 19100262, PhD, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur. Preparing for SOTA.

  • Ms. GARGI GHOSH, Roll – 19200262, PhD, Dept. of HSS, IIT Kanpur.

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

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

M.Des Completed: 04

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

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

  • Ms. ANSHU AGARWAL, Roll – 17119004, Design Programme, IIT Kanpur. Degree Awarded in 2019.

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

Current M.Des Student: 02

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

  • Mr. ANSHUL ROY, Roll – 150112, BTech-MDes (Dual Degree), Design Programme, IIT Kanpur.

UGP/UG Students Supervision: 10

  • 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).

Office:Room No. 602,
Faculty Building 6th Floor,
Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Kanpur 208016, IndiaOffice Phone: 0512-259-6975 (O)

Labs addresses: Fine Arts Lab
Room No. 667, Faculty Building
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
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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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