Artist and activist Shyamali was born in 1940. She is the daughter of great artist Sudhir Khastagir. Being a student of Kala Bhavana, Santiniketan in early fifties – Shyamali bears a versatile personality with deep interest in folk art and crafts, specially Alpona, Paper cutting, Doll making etc. She wrote a lot of articles on her experiences.
Shyamali organized and attended many workshop of art and craft all over India. She is a true friend of art and artesian in real sense.
Her painting has a very spontaneous and warm, earthy feeling which easily touches the viewers, and the directness of her colour, form and line moves on her canvas with magical spirituality .
Shyamali lives and works at Santiniketan.