Meet the Artist (MTA) is a permanent in-house program of JDCA, where invited artists, craft persons or scholars through their illustrated presentations create an appreciation of all forms of visual art. 

Since 2001, 258 such MTAs have taken place on the second Saturday of every month. Currently, our session is in collaboration with the India International Centre, New Delhi and are online. 

259 Meet the Artist Programme

theatre artist and costume designer

Amba Sanyal, on:

painter, sculptor and educator,

BC Sanyal

at 5 pm, Saturday, 13 August 2022

Amba Sanyal

Amba Sanyal, theatre artist and costume designer, is a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2008 for Costume design. She was born in Delhi to BC Sanyal, noted painter, sculptor and Art teacher and Snehalata Sanyal, highly regarded actress and teacher of English.

An alumni of the Delhi College of Art, Shantiniketan (Visva- Bharati University), and the Ecole des Beaux Arts at Paris, Amba Sanyal worked in several spheres — art education, crafts design, and book illustration before returning to the theatre in the 1990s as a costume designer.

Besides designing costumes for both theatre and film, she has acted in productions by Habib Tanvir, Ebrahim Alkazi, Amal Allana and Sheila Bhatia, as well as appeared in films by Anand Gandhi and Sujoy Ghosh.

BC Sanyal

Born in Assam, BC Sanyal studied at the Government College of Art & Craft, Calcutta, under the renowned art historian Percy Brown. He joined Mayo School of Arts, Lahore (now known as National College of Arts) as a teacher in 1929. He was instrumental in setting up the Lahore College of Art in 1937 where he taught artists such as Satish Gujral, Pran Nath Mago and many others. 


As an artist working with watercolours and oil paintings, his themes revolved around archetypal human struggles and deeply focused on the economically deprived.

BC Sanyal was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the Lalit Kala Akademi Fellowship for lifetime, and the Government of India issued a postage stamp to commemorate his birth centenary in 2000.