Sumona Chakravarty was a participant in the 2017 edition of the Global Cultural Leadership Programme.
Sumona’s work explores the role of art in society, testing its potential in transforming relationships between people, communities and the city. She is the Founder of Hamdasti, a Kolkata-based arts organization, that connects artists to community spaces to collaboratively create engaged public domains. Through her work at Hamdasti she has initiated several community art festivals, as well as exhibitions and labs on participatory, inclusive arts practices. Her recent, personal work focusses on civic engagement and political freedom in the current right wing political context through her dialogue series ’30 days of Curfew’, and ‘The Free Times Repository’. Sumona is a graduate of the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore, India, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, USA. She balances her time between Hamdasti, and Start Up! where she works with designing programs and processes for social entrepreneurs. She is an ArtThink South Asia Fellow (2014) and a recipient of the Social Art Practice Grant by Khoj, Delhi (2019).