Emami Art is a leading contemporary art gallery and space for cultural production. Established in 2017 with a focus on a future-forward, complex, multi-dimensional approach that echoes South Asia's history, socio-cultural and geo-political narratives, Emami Art has an inclusive, symbiotic framework where profitability supports sustainable resource regeneration and public service. The gallery is a green building and strictly maintains free access to all policies.
Emami Art represents emerging, mid-career and established contemporary artists. The gallery also has a dynamic programme of wide-ranging registers of exhibitions. Since its inception, Emami Art has curated and hosted large-scale to intimate shows and participated in national and international events and fairs. Our artists' works are also part of prominent national and international collections, including public foundations and museums.
Amongst the other regular programming, the gallery's Locus in Focus provides a platform to local and regional communities through ongoing short and long-term projects. EA Learning integrates both physical and virtual interfaces. It helps the arts community free access to regular mentorship programs, workshops, residency opportunities and innovative educational activities that facilitate artistic development, help build collaborative networks and provides a supportive environment for emerging talent. Critical discourses, interactions, documentation and exchange are also essential to our mandate. Under the umbrella of EA Discourse, the gallery publishes artistic, creative and pedagogical materials. As part of our knowledge-making and archiving process, Emami Art regularly holds talks, seminars, panel discussions and conversations with artists, curators and key partners to establish a space for critical engagement.
Deeply committed to promoting a regional, national and international agenda through innovative and alternative programming, emphasis on community and socially relevant engagements, institutional partnerships and more via a multi-year vision for the future, Emami Art is a catalyst of change, research, innovation and inclusivity.
R. S. AGARWAL | R. S. GOENKAFounder & Chairman Emeritus | Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
R. S. Agarwal
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
R. S. Agarwal, a present-day Management Guru and administrator par excellence is known for his great consumer insight and far sight. He, along with Co-Founder, R. S. Goenka are considered as unparalleled achievers of the modern business. From a very humble beginning and with very limited resources, Agarwal has driven the Company with exceptional and extra-ordinary skills to make Emami reach its present stage. His forte lies in identifying and capitalising on opportunities with speed and precision.
R. S. Agarwal along with his childhood friend cum business partner R. S. Goenka, have over the years successfully built a homegrown business conglomerate - Emami Group with leadership presence in diverse industries viz. edible oil, paper & packaging board, writing instruments, real estate and retail.
A Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary, LLB and a Master's Degree holder in Commerce, R. S. Agarwal's academic brilliance is an asset during times of major implementations. After steering the Company as Executive Chairman, R. S. Agarwal has currently taken up a greater role of a ‘mentor' as Chairman Emeritus and Non-Executive Director.
A passionate advocate of art, R. S. Agarwal is associated with many Welfare Societies, Charitable Trusts and Philanthropic organisations. Among innumerable awards and recognitions for his outstanding contribution to the industry and society as a whole, Mr Agarwal is the proud recipient of the Global Xaverian Award in 2014. He has also been conferred Degree of D.Litt. (Honoris Causa) by KIIT University of Bhubaneswar in 2017 and Doctorate of Philosophy (D.Phil.) Honoris Causa degree by Amity University, Kolkata in 2021.
R. S. GOENKA
Founder & Non-Executive Chairman
A great creator of shift of mindset, R. S. Goenka is always open to new ways of doing things to build new capabilities. He recognises the need to go into details and gives significant premium on loyalty and commitment.
As an M.Com and LLB, R.S. Goenka is an expert in taxation and known for his expertise in strategic planning, corporate affairs and finance. He, along with Co-Founder, R.S. Agarwal are considered as unparalleled achievers of the modern business. From a very humble beginning and with very limited resources, Goenka together with his
RICHA AGARWALCEO, Emami Art
Richa Agarwal is the driving force behind Emami Art, Kolkata, one of India’s largest and most significant private art organisation. Under Richa’s aegis, Emami Art is focused on a future-forward vision while upholding and honouring established cultural heritages; Emami Art not only hosts temporary exhibitions of modern, contemporary and cutting-edge art but also presents works held in its collection and commissions artists to create site-specific pieces. In addition, the gallery also stages events across the cultural spectrum, such as concerts, performances, symposiums, publications, collaborative projects, film screenings, and learning cum incubator programmes. Deeply invested in fostering a dynamic relationship that relies on collaborative and educational values to create a support system for the arts and crafts of the region and beyond, Richa Agarwal has guided the institution to fluidly traverse the regional, national and international platforms while celebrating the spirit of creative curiosity. Under her leadership Emami Art has been recognised as the leading contemporary art gallery in East India and awarded the TIMES BRAND ICONS EAST-2021. A successful entrepreneur who chairs several companies, Richa Agarwal has a background in business studies, She is the recipient of several honours including The New Indian Express Group DEVI AWARD 2022, The Times Power Women award 2018 and the St Xavier’s University, Kolkata honour for her contribution to art and culture. Richa Agarwal has initiated and spearheads many heritage restoration projects in the region.
USHMITA SAHUDirector & Head Curator, Emami Art
Ushmita Sahu has a background in fine arts from Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University, Santiniketan. Before joining Emami Art in 2021, Sahu worked as an artist, independent curator, art writer and scholar for several years and has numerous national and international projects to her credit. Sahu believes in harnessing a multidimensional approach to engage with artistic and cultural practices and production. She has steered Emami Art towards becoming a space of ferment, inclusivity and discourse. In addition to a multi-faceted approach to exhibitions, she has also introduced various programmes that explore collaborations, mentorship, critical dialogues, artistic and creative exchanges, and pedagogical approaches to knowledge- making and sharing. Sahu also lectures at different art and design institutes and mentors young artists. As a scholar, she has been researching modernist artist-designer Riten Mozumdar for several years, is the leading authority on Mozumdar’s practice, and has curated two major exhibitions on him. A recipient of the IFA (India Foundation for the Arts) research grant to continue her research on Riten Mozumdar, she has previously authored several pieces on Mozumdar, which includes a monograph in Bengali. Presently she is working on a book on Modernist Design Histories of India.