3rd September, 1976 - 1st August, 2001Education
School : Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi - CBSE Class XII (1994) Graduation : Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University - B.A. (Hons.) Economics (1994-1997) Post Graduation : Centre of Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University - MA Economics (1997-1999) : London School of Economics - Development Economics with special reference to Health Care in Under Developed Countries (could attend only one semester 2000 - 2001).
- Though never formally trained, painting has been my hobby since childhood. Besides, I have always been interested in the History of Art and the evolution of various schools of painting and have had the opportunity to travel and visit Art Museums both within the Country as well as abroad. I strive to keep myself informed about the Contemporary Art World.
- Participated in various painting competitions at the National as well as International level. Received the Nehru Memorial Gold Medal, Shankar's International Painting competition, 1994.
- An active member of the Art Club in college, illustrations in the College Magazine (both 1994- 95 & 1995-96), designed posters & cards and helped organise College functions.
- Illustrated / designed posters and booklets for Non - Government Organisation, Jagori (June - August 1994).
- Attended workshops in Block-Printing (September 1993) and Pottery (December 1994).
- (1993) "Opulence of Colour", on miniatures of Rajasthan.
- (1994) "Impressionism, a Voyage to Remember".
- Contributed three paintings to the International Museum of Children's Art in the USA.
- Lady Shri Ram College as a member of the Art Club.
- Nuances-speaking in silence, held at Arpana Fine Arts Gallery, Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 27th January-4th February 1999.
- (July 1992-January 1993) Neighbourhood Project : Evening School for the less privileged children.
- (September-December 1994) "Prayas" : Teaching less privileged children also conducted a handicrafts workshop for them.
- (July-December 1995) : Worked at the blind School.
- (July-December 1996) : Worked at the Blind School as a National Social Service Programme.
- (June-August 1998) : Worked at Batra Cancer Care Centre, Department of Oncology as a part of the VIII Biennial National conference of the Indian Society of Oncology to be held in March, 1999. Also involved in initiating Cancer support Groups and organising workshops on conjunction with Cancer Sahyog.
Arpita was diagnosed with aggressive fibramatosis (malignant tumour) in 1989 when she was just thirteen.This tumour was located initially in her shoulder which later spread upto her chest and lungs. She was operated upon by Dr. P. B. Desai of Mumbai in 1989 and was later put on chemo-therapy and radiation in 1991. Subsequently, her condition improved considerably and she pursued her education with full dedication-creditably passing her school finals, graduation and post graduation. Unfortunately, the disease recurred in 1999 and had to be put on chemo-therapy and radiation. Despite her physical condition she went to the London School of Economics for further studies in the year 2000 but had to return to India in early 2001 due to further deterioration in her condition. After battling for over twelve years,she finally succumbed to the dreaded disease on August 1, 2001 at Gurgaon.
Arpita Bhattacharya (1976-2001) was introduced to the world of painting at the tender age of two. Although never formally trained, Arpita's inspiration was her mother from whom she learnt the basics of painting. What started off as an mere expression of her thoughts through picture and colours, it later became a serious hobby for which she gave her complete dedication and passion so much so that it became an integral part of who she was and who she aspired to be - free, strong, bold and constantly evolving. As she herself admitted, painting to her was a form of meditation which allowed her to be with herself. In a sense, it was fundamental to her and made her a more sincere and honest person because she felt that " no art can be enjoyable if it is devoid of truthfulness". In fact, her works can be called as an intimate expression of herself. Through the years, she had developed a unique style of painting, compounded of fluid lines, complex interweaving of colours and imaginative use of discontinuities that reflect a myriad moods and patterns of movement, sometimes sad and poignant, at others joyful and exuberant. Some art critics have opined that Arpita's works bore the distinct stylistic style of Bengal school. Although ravaged by a malignant tumour for twelve long years, Arpita looked pain squarely in the eye, whether in her art or in her life, but transcended it with incredible courage, to reaffirm her conviction, that life was to be celebrated, to rejoiced in. Acute adversity seemed to have given her a profound serenity and a luminous vision that saw what lay behind the apparent, the element that defined a moment, a situation or a scene, or a message a posture could convey. In her last few paintings, she broke her own tradition and usual colours of blue and green gave way to fearsome shades of red and yellow and orange and figures of strength and defiance like never before... and, unfortunately never again. As a well known art critic has aptly remarked, her last works were successful not because it created a symphony of colour and form but a crescendo of force signifying the ultimate liberation of the spirit trying to transcend all human limitations. Arpita's works have been successfully displayed in three exhibitions in New Delhi and Calcutta, the last two of them posthumously and acclaimed by critics and others alike. Her works remain much like a reassertion of her undying spirit.