CHITRAGATI is a collaborative space founded by Abu Kalam Shamsuddin and Benjamin Thorpe. Projects begin with a chosen research subject and unfold through dialogue, writing, and creative response.

 

Shamsuddin and Thorpe's first project explores the early nineteenth-century landscape and architectural painter, Sita Ram. In an essay titled "Sita Ram's Hybrid Paintings of Nineteenth-Century India," published in the Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh (Humanities), Thorpe and Shamsuddin reflect on the way Sita Ram responded to his historical moment and investigate how the artist's work is displayed in western museums today.