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CV: Charu Smita Gupta, PhD

Brief Bio-Data

Name: Charu Smita Gupta, PhD

Permanent Address:
Mailing Address: Dr. Charu Smita Gupta
Deputy Director
Office: National Resource Center
National Institute of Fashion Technology,
M/O Textiles, Govt. of India,
Haus Khas New Delhi 110-016

Residence: 1601 Pataudi House, Daryaganj,
New Delhi 110002

Phone: Office: 91-011-685 1456 [direct]; 91-011-6965080; 6964771 ] ext.412; Residence: 91-011- 3257067
Fax: Office: 91-011-6851198
I possess a doctorate degree in Museology from Calcutta University and Master of science degree in Social Anthropology from Delhi University.
Professional Experience:

Work Experience/ professional expertise in fashion resource/museum collection management, research/ documentation, education nearly 26 years


  • National Institute of Deputy Director(Museum Collection)
  • Fashion Technology [ on posting since April 1999- 2years]
  • M/OTextiles, New Delhi
  • National Handicrafts Deputy Director(Museum Collection) 6years and Handlooms Museum Research Officer – 5years
  • M/OTextiles, New Delhi Research Associate- 3years
  • Technical Assistant- 9years
  • Lalit Kala Akademi Research Officer 2years
    [ on deputation]

As an academic scholar I have authored

  • Zardozi Glittering gold embroidery, Abhinav Publication 1996 which has been a major source of inspiration and promotion of traditional Indian embroidery in fashion education/ practices and is extensively used internationally by the students /faculty /fashion designers/ scholars in textile/design, art/craft and allied fields.
  • Cultural vision of Tribal Fashions- Journey through the millenium’ Chapter in book Evolving Trends in Fashion The NIFT Millenium Document-2000 pp.17-26.
  • Nearly 80 papers in relevant field in journals/ newspapers/magazines etc.

As Academic Visitor to Victoria and Albert Museum, London -1990

  • I developed documented slide collection of Indian Costumes.

Experience related to activities at NIFT:

  • Documentation of major Textile/accessory collection(Traditional/tribal) ; building up teaching resources of traditional jewelry, costumes ,leather
  • Academic teaching/ guiding students from different courses
  • Consultant for Panorama section of ‘GIS based Handicraft Database and Information System, for Uttar Pradesh’ project developed by Center for Rural Development Technology, IIT a New Delhi for O/O Development Commissioner( Handicrafts).
  • Worked on supportive linkages of NIFT with women entrepreneurship
  • Presented papers in important international and national conferences

Other important assignments are as below:

  • At National Handicrafts and handlooms Museum, M/O Textiles:
    • Management and maintenance of the open air museum, other resources (1995-99); coordination of research and documentation projects, field research, report writing (1990-92];Management of the Library (1987-1988 );Coordination of non formal education; publication /sale[1986-92];exhibitions, handling VVIP,VIP and general visitors ,purchase, demonstration, management of the traditional/folk /tribal art, craft, textiles and other cultural resource [since1976] .At Regional Design And Technical Development Center, M/O Textiles(92-94)
    • Meeting the requirements of the exporters/buyers; coordination of prototype development; Administration and accounts; Maintenance of the show room displaying design prototypes
  • At Lalit Kala Akademi ( 1984-85)
    • Research /documentation of the traditional/folk /tribal art, craft; publication of monographs


Chronological sequence of the publications:

A. Books

” Zardozi: Glittering Gold Embroidery”, Abhinav Publication, New Delhi,1996

Chapter in Book
“Cultural vision for the tribal Fashions : a journey through the millenium”, chapter in the book Evolving Trends in Fashion, The NIFT Millenium Document-2000, NIFT New Delhi, 2000,pp.17-26

B. Journals, Magazines, Newspapers

Year 2001

Gupta Charu Smita, “Skilled Human resource”, in Fashion & Beyond January 2002,pp3-7.

“Buying House An Intrinsic Component of The Fashion Industry” in Fashion & Beyond, Jan. 2002, pp32-33

“Juki comes to India”, in Fashion & Beyond, December, 2001, pp 39-41.

“Body Wraps of Tribal India”, in Fashion & Beyond, November 2001, p32-36.

“Khadi”, in Indarama, Oct-Dec2001

“Khadi ek achran ya Upbhokta Abhiruchi”, in Fashion & Beyond, October 2001, p.3

“Fashion, Accessories, Packaging: The millenium Blend of Tribal Arts and Crafts”, in Fashion & Beyond, August 2001, p18-23.

“Fashion Trends Inspired by Traditions”, in Indrama, July-Sep.2001. vol.xxvi no.3, pp34-38

“Fashion Shows: Concepts and Promotion”, in Fashion & Beyond, May/June 2001, pp12-16

Year 2000

Gupta Charu Smita, ” The Weaves of Antiquity”, in Discover India, November 2000, pp 48-50

” Linkage of the Traditional Skills to the Main Stream Fashion: A Social Responsibility”, in Fashion and Beyond, May 2000, PP 44- 47.

” Fashion Rajasi Shan Shaukat ki Pratik Zardozi”, in Roopayan Amar Ujala( newspaper), 21st April,2000,p.1

“Enterproneurship Challenges and opportunities: The Journey to the New Vistas”, in Fashion and Beyond, Feb.2000, pp.21-28

Year 1999

“Expressions and experience”, in Fashion and Beyond, December,1999, pp.65-66

“Foundation course-99 from Tradition to Modernity”, in Fashion and Beyond, August 1999, pp.14-15

“NIFT- The Premier Human Resource Development Institute in Asia for Fashion”, in Fashion and Beyond, August ,1999, pp.62-63

Muhare, the Images of God”, in India Perspective, March,1999

Year 1998

Ganjifa the Tradition of Gambling in India”, in Discover India, October 1998,pp.

Year 1997

” Crafts; Discover India: Destination, Andhra Pradesh”, in Discover India, November,1997, pp.59-63

” Dance Language and Cultural affinity”, in IWAC, Nov-Dec,1997

“Art Criticism -the value Based Judgement”, in IWAC, July,1997

“Hari Prakash Tyagi: Visionary Delights”, in India Perspective, July,1997, pp.28-31

“Art Among Youth”, in IWAC, January-February,1997
Year 1996
“Cultural Genesis of Craft Influence: Madhya Pradesh – A Window”, in IWAC, October,1996, p.5

“Art and Artists”, in Hindustan Times Saturday Magazine, 22nd June,1996, p.4

” Role of Craft in social Change”, in IWAC, April, 1996

“Crafts Technique Redescribed”, in IWAC, March,1996

Gupta Charu S. ” Caste Among Muslim Zardoz of Delhi: A Study of and Occupational Culture and Subgroup Identity”,
S. Mitra Channa in Man in India, vol.76(2), pp.103-113

Reviews of following books in IWAC
Gupta Charu Smita October 1996

  • ‘Tribal Arts and Crafts of Madhya Pradesh’, Mapin ,1996 April 1996
  • ‘Mysore Royal Dussehra’, Abhinav publication,1995
  • ‘Kathak Nritya, Sangeet Karyalaya’,Hathras,1994
  • ‘Indian Costumes in the collection of Calico Museum of Textiles’, Calico Museum, Ahmedabad,1993
  • ‘The Painted Icons: Wall paintings of the sauras of south Orissa’, Harman Publication House, New Delhi,1996

Year 1995
“Bundelkhand Lok Kala”, in IWAC, June,1995

Khan M.& Charu S.Gupta “Kuldevatas: Manifested forms in Metal”, in India Magazine, March 1995,pp.50-58

Gupta Charu Smita Reviews of following books In IWAC
December 1995

  • ‘Folk Bronzes of Rajasthan’, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi May 1995
  • ‘Damaru’, Crafts Council of West Bengal,1989
  • ‘ The Woven Silks of India’, Marg Publications,1995

March 1995

  • Costumes of Rulers of Mewar, Abhinav Publication,1995 In Hindustan Times, 20th May 1995
  • A Fading Art, review of ‘The techniques of Indian embroidery, B.T. Batsford ltd. London Exhibition Review in IWAC, October 1995
  • ‘Pictures from the Past’, review of the exhibition’, The Shifting Focus’ at NGMA, 15th Oct-12th Nov, 95

Year 1994

Khan M.& C.S.Gupta “Iron craft of Bastar”, in India Magazine, October,1994,pp.43-50

Gupta Charu Smita “Toys as a Media of International understanding”, in IWAC, September,1994

” Interrelation Between Toys and Indian Culture”, in IWAC, August,1994

Reviews of following books in IWAC

  • ‘Crafts of West Bengal’, Mapin Publications
  • ‘Crafts of Himachal Pradesh’, Mapin PublicationSeptember, 1994
  • ‘Folk and Tribal Paintings of Madhya Pradesh’, Crafts Council of Madhya Pradesh
  • ‘Understanding Society, Culture and Change’

Year 1993

Ladki Ki Akratiyon mein chipi kala ka parkhi“, in Hindustan Ravivasriya, 6th June, 1993

Year 1992

“The Carpet Spreading Glitter and Gold”, in India Magazine, December,1992

Keet Pankhon Se Alankaran“, in Saptahik Hindautan, 28th June-4th July,1992

“Admist Golden Sands”, in Hindustan Times, 26th April1992

Peetal Par Nakkashi” in Jansatta, 26th April,1992

Year 1991

Sunahare Taro SE Saji Hai Poshaken; Angiya ho ya Angarkha“, in Saptahik Hindustan, 8th-14th December, 1991

Muddu Kungle Chire“, in Saptahik Hindustan, 6th -12th October,1991

Purna Ras Hai Raslila“, in Jansatta, 10th September,1991

Reviews of following book in India Magazine,October 1991

  • ‘ The Crafts Traditions of India’, Rolli Publications

Year 1990

Madhubani Chitran Mein Tantra“, in Saptahik Hindustan, 25th February- 2nd March 1990

Year 1989

Reviews of following book in Eastern Anthropoogist, vol.42, no.4, October-November,1989

  • ‘The Painted World of Warlis’, Lalit Kala Akademi

Year 1987

Utsah aur Asvad ki Rekhayen“, in Saptahik Hindustan, 18th October -24th October,1987

Year 1986

“Madhubani – the Religious Folk Idiom”, in Times of India, 31st January,1986

Zardozi: Gold Thread San’s Silver lining (photos), in Times of India,20th September,1986

Year 1985

Mran may mein Pashu rupakar“, in Samkalin kala, No. 5, November,1985″

Sujani – The Fine needle work of Bihar”, in India Magazine, vol.v, June 1985

“The Evolution of Sarees”, in Times of India, 21st December,1985

“Shaal”, in Times of India, 21st December,1985

“Religion and Culture”, in Pravanam,1985

Pithoro ek Adivasi Chitrakala“, review article in Vama, February,1985

Year 1984

“Socio Ritual Significance of the Decorative Art in Traditional Dwelling”, in Rooplekha, 1984

“Zari ki Karigari”, in Vama, vol.16, July, 1984

Year 1983

“Museum an Ulterior View An ideology’, in Journal of Indian Museum, vol.xxxix.1983

“Traditional Indian Furniture”, in Crafts Bulletin, vol.5, 1983

Year 1982

“Icons, Temple bells, Incense & Lamps – A fusion of Artistry with utility”, in India Magazine, March 1982

Year 1980

Tavli Tavla “The Tribal Pottery in Chota Udaipur”, in Terracotta, March 1980

Reviews of following book, in Eastern Anthropologist, vol.33,no.3,1980

  • ‘Crafts and Craftsmen in Traditional India’ Kanak Publications

Year 1977

“Wall Paintings in a Gujarati village’, an Appraisal of folk Traditions”, in Folklore, November, 1977

“Jajmani System in Urban Metropolis”, in Social Change, March 1977

Year 1976

“Changing Content of Dyadic Relations”, in Research Proceedings, February,1976