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Orijit Sen

Visiting Faculty, Department of Visual Arts, Ashoka University

Graphic design, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

Orijit Sen (born 1963) is a graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. He studied graphic design at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. 

He is a co- founder of People Tree – a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople  that has grown, since its inception in 1990, into a widely regarded name associated with the promotion of  artisanal innovation, creative community building and social advocacy. Along with his wife and fellow designer Gurpreet Sidhu, he leads People Trees in-house design studios in New Delhi and Goa.

Orijit started collecting and drawing comics in his early teens, and has been deeply involved with the development of comics and graphic novels in India. His pioneering work “River of Stories” (Kalpavriksh 1994) is considered to be India’s first graphic novel. Orijit is also co-founder of the Pao Collective of graphic artists, and a key person behind the award winning “Pao: The Anthology of Comics#1” (Penguin 2012). His comics and graphic art have been widely published and exhibited internationally. 

Between 2009 and 2011, Orijit conceptualizedand led a team that executedone of the worlds largest hand-painted murals, installed at the Virasat-e-Khalsa museum in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. 

Between 2013 and 2016, Orijit served as Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University, where he initiated an experimental arts research project entitled “Mapping Mapusa Market Project” involving students, educationists and artists.

In 2015-16, he was engaged in an Indo-Palestinian project on cultural exchange and resistance in collaboration with theatre artists from both countries. He is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar.

A Place In Punjab – 5 storey-high “walk-through mural experience” that takes the visitor through sights and insights of Punjabi life  at the Virasat-e-Khalsa in Anandpur Sahib, Punjab. Sen conceived this mural project and worked with 13 collaborators to execute it. It opened in November 2011. The multimedia museum Virasat-e-Khalsa in which Sen’s mural creation is located was designed by renowned Boston-based architect Moshe Safdie.

Mapping Mapusa Market As the Mario Miranda Chair visiting professor at Goa University, Sen initiated Mapping Mapusa Market. It brings together “artists, designers, writers, teachers, students and interested members of the public to explore and document the complex life of the Mapusa Market in Goa from a variety of perspectives- illustrations, photographs, videos and interviews. The project looked at how a historical market evolved and how it is coping with the challenges of globalisation, consumerism and supermarket and mall culture. 2013 – 2016.

Imposters a solo show of screen printed posters at Galleryske, Bengaluru, India 2014

First Hand. Graphic Nonfiction from India  An anthology of contemporary non-fiction comics curated and co-edited by Sen. 2016

The Fabric of India A display of Sens iconic handprinted Tee-shirt design for People Tree  The Disappearing Tigerwas featured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 2016.

GoPlayces a three-part, comics, maps and interactive games based installation at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala 2016, at the Serendipity Arts Festival, Goa 2017 and at the Kalakriti Arts Festival, Hyderabad 2018

Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics Sen’s landmark ‘River of Stories’ is a featured exhibit at the Barbican Centre’s exhibition curated by Paul Gravett, currently touring in Italy. 2017-18

Lakes International Comics Arts Festival 2018 released the Anthology ‘Traces of the Great War’ in French and English which featured the Orijit’s story ‘Ship of Liberty’.

Fumetto Comics Festival Lucerne, 2019 featured a selection of Orijit’s comics works as part of the Exhibition ‘Mytholitics’.

River of Stories (Kalpavriksh, 1994)

Telling Tales a column for India Magazine (1997-98)

IMUNG: Manipur Home Care Handbook, a guide for HIV and AIDS healthcare in Manipur (1996) 

Illustration work for Trash!: On Ragpicker Children and Recycling (2004)

Hair Burns Like Grass  (in PAO: The Anthology Of Comics 1 by Penguin Books, India, 2012)

Emerald Apsara (in The Obliterary Journal by Blaft Publications, 2012)

First Hand: Graphic Non-fiction from India (Co -Editor and contributor, Yoda Press, 2016)









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