The Founder

C H I T R A N G A D A   S H A R M A



Born on 01st May 1945 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh

She was the daughter of world renowned Artists, Kanwal and Devayani Krishna.


Chitrangada Sharma was a student of Modern School - Barakhamba Road and after school she Joined the

esteemed College of Art Delhi. In 1967 she passed her college with First Division. After completing her college,

She taught Art work     at the American International School Chanakyapuri, Delhi for a few years.


She gave a number of Television programs on Batik and Tie & Techniques on Doordarshan National Channel.

An interactive series of television program for children was also made by her for Doordarshan.


She was Elected  as Honorary General Secretary of the India International Photographic Council in 1996, and

again in 2006. In all she served IIPC as the Joint Secretary, Honorary General, and as the Vice President for 12 years.


Chitrangada Sharma was awarded the prestigious Fellowship of Ministry of Art & Culture, Govt of India for

doing research work in photography and submitting papers on various techniques used in the 1900’s.


  • She served as eminent member of Jury for many National and International Salons, Exhibitions and Contests.        She was a member of prestigious “Honors Panel” of IIPC for more than two decades.

  • Member of Jury for Photo Division a part of Ministry Of Information And Broadcasting, Govt Of India.

  • Member of the Jury /Panel of selectors of Photography Division for the Photo Divisions of Indian Navy and             Indian Army.

  • Mrs. Chitrangada Sharma was the key person who started the Photography Classes at Triveni Kala Sangam.          The courses were designed by her in the early 80’s.


She had been a part of many Workshops of IIPC as a Workshop Director, as well as a Faculty.

She was elected as President of IIPC for the term of 2017-2019 but unfortunately she passed away

on the 15th Of March 2017 due to an illness.


Few Awards & Honors


  • Coveted Associateship of Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain– in 1972

  • Hon PSNY - Photographic Society of New York Conferred its honorary membership in 1973

  • Grand Prize of Advertising Club of India in 1975: Trip to United Kingdom for National Photography Contest.

  • First ever Fellowship of IIPC was conferred in 1984 for Creative ability and unique achievements.

  • Senior Fellowship by Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource & Development for Photographic             Research in 1998

  • Hon FPS  - University of Mississippi USA honored her with Fellowship 2003

  • Honorary Fellowship FPSG - was conferred by Pakistan Salon Group in 2005.

  • Honorary Fellowship FPASP-  was conferred by Photographic Art Society of Pakistan in 2006.

  • She had won over 350 awards and over 250 certificates for her Photographic Work in National and                           International Contests, Exhibitions and Salons.


She was qualified artist in Painting, drawing, graphics and tie/die, batik etc she was the most creative among a

handful of female photo artists born in India. In fact she was an icon in the field of Indian Photography.

She was equally at ease with many branches of photography be it Pictorial, Nature, Wildlife, Travel,

Photojournalism, Advertising And Fashion as well as Experimental Photography.

She was an prolific exhibitor with over 2000 acceptances and over 350 awards.

She wrote number of articles on various aspect of photography from time to time,

which appeared in variety of journals and magazines.


She used to do her own A to Z darkroom work to finishing the prints before exhibiting them.

Besides many subjects she also made a large number of memorable portraits of famous personalities -  

just to mention a few : Prime Minister- Rajiv Gandhi, President of India  - R  Venkatraman,  Sir Rex Harrisson,  

Faiz Ahmad Faiz. Ustad Fateh Ali Khan, Pt. Bhimsain Joshi, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Begum Akhtar,  Kanwal Krishna,  

Sajjan,  Dev Anand and many others.


She was one of the strongest pillar of Camera Art Institute since its inception in 1980.

The Camera Art Institute and the Indian Photographic fraternity cannot forget her outstanding services and

contributions for making CAI and IIPC what they are today.


Besides being a wonderful artist, she was a wonderful soul and human being. Rich tributes were paid to her by friends,

IIPC members, Members of Camera Art Institute, Admirers of her work from home and abroad when she passed in 2017.

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