An Indologist of wide acclaim and an author specializing
in Indian art, iconography, epigraphic studies and museology,
Dr. Chakravarti had his debut in the museum world in 1966 as
Curator in the Archaeology Department of the Indian Museum, Kolkata.
He then speeded through the posts of Education Officer and Deputy
Director and finally shot up to the exalted position of the Director-Secretary,
Indian Museum (1997-2004).
The precinct of his scholastic attainments covered, among
other things, a seemly UNESCO training in museum method in Japan
(1983) and active participation in many academic seminars abroad.
He is the recipient of a special honour from the Instituto Cultural
Cabanas, Mexico for his outstanding contribution in the field
of art and museum-education (1986) He also received Museum Management
training organized by Govt. of India from the Administrative
Staff College of India, Hyderabad (1994). After obtaining his
Ph D in Arts from Jadavpur University, he was also awarded D
Sc (honoris causa) for his contribution to art, culture and social
service. He received also Syed Muztaba Ali literary award for
the best belletrist of the year (1978) and Rashtriya Vikas Jyoti
award for his services to art, culture and museum science (1999).
Dr Chakravarti had assumed the office of the Honorary Executive
Secretary of the Gurusaday Museum of Folk Art (1995-2004) and
held additional charge of the Director; National Library of India
(2001-2003). He was also awarded the Senior Visiting Fellowship
in the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC by the Smithsonian
Institute, USA (2004). He obtained the Fellowship in the Museology
Department of the Rabindra Bharati University (2005-2006 ).He
also acted as the Adviser in the Institute of Tibetan Studies
at the Barcelona University.
Dr. Chakravarti has widely travelled in Japan, Korea, China,
Taiwan, Thailand, and Hong Kong in pursuit of Buddhist studies
and the countries of Europe and America, such as Belgium, Holland,
U.K., Norway, Spain, France, Mexico and the USA for specialization
in classical art and culture as well as in museography.
He has authored many valuable titles which include Patralekha:
romance of letter writing in Indian art and literature; Descriptive
catalogue of Prakrit and Sanskrit inscriptions in the Indian
Museum; Wood and metal effigies of Nagaland; Wood carvings in
the Gurusaday Museum; Kalighat paintings in the Gurusaday Museum;
Bengal terracotta in the Indian Museum; The Bamiyan Buddhas.
He has the credit of editing the updated and annotated volume
of the history of the Indian Museum (1814-2004); Vinayatoshini;
a compilation of essays on Indology, art and alternative medicine;
Select work of Benoytosh Bhattacharya; Raja Rajendralala Mitra-a
centenary obit; Mahatma Gandhi in murals.
His Bengali books include Jaccho kothay jadughare ;Patravilas
; Navanarikunjara Mummy rahasya; Rigveder kavyanatak ; Boier
bari Belvedere, Ajana Bamiyan; Buddha deshe deshe.He also edited
Itihaser prekshapate tamralipta and Banglar lokasamskritite nari
; and Bauddhader dev-devi by Benoytosh Bhattacharya.
Dr. Chakravarti has served as the committee member and subject-expert
in the leading educational and cultural institutions of the country
like, the University of Calcutta, Visva Bharati, Rabindra Bharati
University, Jadavpur University; Ramakrishna Mission Institute
of Culture, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum, Tourism
Department, Govt.of India, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Calcutta Panorama
and others. He is currently the Adviser to the Raja Rammohun
Roy Museum .He also acted as examiner of theses submitted at
various universities of India and Bangladesh.
Dr Chakravarti has developed many prestigious galleries in
the Indian Museum; planned and organized international exhibitions
in Germany, Mongolia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, China and
Taiwan; as well as inter- state expositions in Assam, Manipur,
Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar
Pradesh. He has the credit of developing the infrastructural
facilities of the museums and libraries on behalf of the Union
Govt. of India in the northeastern states. He introduced many
novel features in the Indian Museum and National Library such
as museum on wheels, gallery classes to correlate museum education
with school and college curricula; mobile conservation laboratory
and the exhibit of the month. He has also created museum corners
in the Metro subway stations, akshara vriksha at the Surendranath
Park and akshara-patanga in the garden of the National Library
besides advising for other architectural wonders in the city