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Archishman Sarker
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Sarker in 2018
Born1992 (1992)
Jalpaiguri, West Bengal, India
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Delhi (B.A.)
Jawaharlal Nehru University (M.A., M.Phil.)
💼 Occupation
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Archishman Sarker (born 1992) is an Indian art historian based in New Delhi. He is a scholar of Indian art and architecture at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi where his research focuses on Indian iconography, manuscripts, murals and sculpture, trans-Himalayan Buddhist material culture, Buddhist and Hindu temple architecture, historiography of art institutions and the reception and connoisseurship of South Asian art in the West.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Jalpaiguri and studied at Holy Child School, Jalpaiguri.[1] He received his B.A. Hons. in English from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi in 2014 and completed his M.A. and M.Phil. in Art History at Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2016 and 2019.


As a researcher[edit]

He completed his M.Phil.[2] from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 2019, where he is presently engaged as a doctoral researcher. An art historian[3] specialising in pre-modern South Asian art and architecture, his works range from art criticism, European Modernism and continental theories of art and aesthetics to the entire gamut of South Asian art from the ancient to the contemporary period. He was awarded[4][5] the Indian Council of Historical Research travel-award and the Nehru Trust for the Indian Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum award[6] in 2018, and a Neil Kreitman Studentship[7] at SOAS, University of London in 2021–22.

He serves as a reviewer of books and exhibitions on South Asia with The Burlington Magazine.

As an author[edit]

His articles and reviews[8] have appeared [9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] in journals and edited volumes[20] of art history, Indology and religious studies including Religions of South Asia,[21] The Chitrolekha Journal on Art and Design,[22][23][24] Summerhill: Journal of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study,[25] Kalākalpa Journal [26] of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts[27] and The Burlington Magazine.


  1. "Holy Child School, Jalpaiguri". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  2. "Jawaharlal Nehru University Registered MPhil Students 2016-17" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  3. "Archishman Sarker". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  4. "Jawaharlal Nehru University Annual report 2017-18" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  5. "Jawaharlal Nehru University Annual report 2019-20" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  6. "Nehru Trust for Indian Collections at the V&A Museum". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  7. "Neil Kreitman Studentship, SOAS, University of London". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  8. 0000-0003-1773-8258
  9. Sarker, Archishman. (2021): Popular religion in the Pāla period: Evidences from iconographic study of four female deities from northern Bengal, Sheffield, Equinox Publications "Religions of South Asia. Vol. 13, No. 1". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  10. "Review of Art and Archaeology of Ancient India: Earliest Times to the Sixth Century, Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2018". The Burlington Magazine. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  11. "Review of Mediated Magic: The Indian Presence in Modernism 1880-1930, Stockholm & Mumbai: Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation and Marg Foundation, 2019". The Burlington Magazine. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  12. "Review of Garland of Visions: Color, Tantra, and a Material History of Indian Painting, Oakland: University of California Press, 2021". Religions of South Asia Vol. 15, No. 1. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  13. "Review of Phanigiri: Interpreting an Ancient Buddhist Site in Telangana, Mumbai: The Marg Foundation, 2021". Religions of South Asia Vol. 15, No. 2. Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  14. Sarker, Archishman. (2021): The ‘Transcendental Body’ in Indian Iconography: An Ontological Critique, Shimla, The Indian Institute of Advanced Study "Summerhill Review of the IIAS Vol. 27, No. 1". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  15. Sarker, Archishman. (2020): The kirtimukha in ancient Indian art and how it came to be associated with the ‘grotesque’ "Chitrolekha Vol. 4, No. 2". Retrieved 27 February 2022.
  16. Sarker, Archishman. (2018): Reflections on Modernism in Bangladesh and the abstract artist Kazi Ghiyasuddin "Chitrolekha Vol. 2, No. 3". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  17. Sarker, Archishman. (2021): From 'Inner Eye' to 'After Sight': Benode Behari Mukherjee in London "Chitrolekha Vol. 2, No. 3". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  18. "Partition, nationhood and metamorphoses of the 'authentic': The art of ancient Bengal in the contemporary global art-market (RAI 2018: Art, Materiality & Representation) Royal Anthropological Institute, The British Museum and SOAS, University of London". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  19. Sarker, Archishman. (2018): Reflections on the material and making of an image in ancient/early-medieval northern Bengal (Varendrī region) during the Pāla-Sena period (6th-13th C.E.) "International Journal of English Literature and Social Sciences Vol. 4, No. 1". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  20. Sanyal, Dr. Rajat Ed. (2019): Prak-Adhunik Bharatbarsha: Bibidha Prasanga, Kolkata, Paschimbanga Anchalik Itihas O Loksanskriti Charcha Kendra, ISBN 978-93-88207-20-1 Search this book on .
  21. "Religions of South Asia".
  22. "The Chitrolekha Journal on Art and Design".
  23. "EBSCOhost". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  24. "EBSCOhost". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  25. "Summerhill Journal of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  26. "Kalākalpa Journal". Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  27. "Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts". Retrieved 25 February 2022.

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