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Kiran Soni Gupta

Kiran Soni Gupta

Studio:33 Canning Lane

Ravi Shankar Shukla Lane

New Delhi -11001

Kiran Soni Gupta is an officer of the 1985 batch of the Indian Administrative Service from Rajasthan state. Till recently she was Textile Commissioner, Government of India posted at Mumbai. Presently, she is Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.

She has worked in Government of India, Governments of Rajasthan and Kerala as a field officer with distinction. She has been District Magistrate in two districts and Divisional Commissioner in Jodhpur, Jaipur, Ajmer and Bharatpur. Kiran became the first lady Collector of the border district of Ganganagar and later, Principal Secretary, General Administration and Chief Protocol.

Her professional competencies were recognized when she was selected as a Mason Fellow by Harvard University for a Master’s in Public Administration and for a Master’s in Public Policy by Maxwell School, Syracuse. NABARD and NPC have recognized her twice for her successful initiatives amongst self-help groups and women’s empowerment.

In addition to being a successful officer Kiran is a prolific artist, writer,  curator and a keen photographer. She has showcased her artworks at more than forty forums of which nearly two dozen were international. Her artworks “NREGA” and “Pooja times’ and ‘Shelter’ were exhibited at the most visited Museum of the world the Louvre, Paris in 2012, 2013 and 2017. Her paintings on the ‘Famine’ won her the National Award. She has been honored with Indian Iconic Women’s Award 2019, Literary Excellence Award at 4th Asiad LitFest, National Gaurav Award 2017 and Fakhre-e-Hind Award 2018, ‘Swasti Samman 2013′, International Vaish Sammelan Award 2013′, “Unnat Bharat Sewashri Damini Award 2013″, Rajasthan Gaurav Award 2013 ” Nari Pratibha Samman “2012,” the ‘Kala Samridhi Award’ in 2010, Artist of the Year 2009″, “Special Achiever Award 2009″ and “Kala Shiromani Award” 2008. She was decorated with the Global Women Achiever’s Award in 2019.

Kiran also conceptualized, curated and organized Jaipur’s First International Art Festival in March 2013 with 130 artists drawn from all over the world. The Festival met with a huge success. She also did the 2nd edition of the Arts Festival in 2014 with 240 artists drawn from 24 countries. She has curated an international exhibition at IGNCA on celebrating Indian languages which has been exhibited in New Delhi, LBSNAA Mussoorie and Chandigarh. She was invited to organize the Gita Kala Parv at Kurukshetra in Dec 2016 by the Government of Haryana and Vigyan Prasar Kala Parv at Indian National Science Academy 2017 by the Department of Science and Technology.

Her works can be accessed on website and on Instagram–kiransoniart. Her book ‘Range-e-Jahan’ and ‘Empower the Woman Enlighten the World’ has been launched in 2019. The Times of India has brought out a trilogy of books ‘Beyond Strokes’, ‘Kiran’s Art Renderings’ and ‘Women – God’s Finest Creation’ based on the themes of her artwork. Government of Rajasthan appointed her as Principal Secretary Art and Culture in recognition of her domain accomplishments. Her exhibition’ My Conversations with Nature’ is currently running at Civil Services Officer’s Institute from 11th Sept 2019 to 11th Oct 2019.


Academic Qualifications

2005-06   Harvard Kennedy School of Government Master’s in Public Administration (Mason Fellowship)

2005-05   Syracuse University (Maxwell School), NY-USA Masters of Public Policy

Certificate Course in Advanced Women’s Studies

Certificate Course in Conflict Resolution

Certificate Course in Health Services Management and Policy

Certificate Course in Environmental Decision Making, College of

Environmental Science & Forestry, State University of New York

1980-82   Punjab Agriculture University, India.

Masters of Science (Rural Sociology)

1977-80   Punjab University, Chandigarh India.

Bachelor of Arts with English Honors



Since Oct 2015                           Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor,

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and

Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs

May 16 2014 – Oct 2015          Textile Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles. Mumbai

July 2013                                     Principal Secretary, Art and Culture, Rajasthan

Oct 2012 – June 2013               Divisional Commissioner Ajmer

Oct 2011 – Oct 2012                  Member Rajasthan Civil Services Tribunal, Jaipur

Sep 2010 – Sep 2011                 Principal Secretary, General Administration and


Cabinet Secretariat

Managing Direction Civil Aviation Corporation

Jan 2009 – Sep 2010                      Divisional Commissioner Jaipur Vice Chancellor, Sanskrit University, Jaipur

Oct 2006 – Jan 2009                      Divisional Commissioner Jodhpur Principal, Institute of Hotel Management Jodhpur

2005 – 2006                                     Research Associate, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard

Research Associate, University Committee for Human Rights, Harvard University Archives Assistant, Fogg Museum, Harvard University

Assistant, Harvard Alumni Association

Oct 2002 – Sep 2004                     Commissioner, Command Area Development and Colonization Bikaner and State Commissioner Guides, Rajasthan

June 2002 – Oct 2002                     Secretary, Administrative Reforms Commission, Jaipur

2000 –  2002                                     District Collector and District Magistrate, Sriganganagar

1999 – 2000                                       Director, Women and Child Department Secretary, Rajasthan State Women’s Commission

1998 – 1999                                        Managing Director Rajasthan State Cooperative Marketing Federation

Apr 1997 – Sep 1998                        District Collector, Rajsamand, Rajasthan

1994 – 1997                                        Deputy Secretary, Mines Department Govt. of Rajasthan

1990 – 1994                                       Under Secretary, Ministry of Personnel, Govt. of India

1989 – 1990                                       Managing Director, Kerala Women’s Development Corp. Special Officer, Sericulture

1987 – 1988                                        Sub-Divisional Officer and Magistrate, Trichure Kerala.

1986 – 1987                                       On the job district Training in District Quilon, Kerala



2019                                              Indian Iconic Women Award

2018                                              Fakhr-e-Hind Award

2017                                              National Gaurav Award

2017                                               Excellence Award at 4th Asiad LitFest

2017                                               National Mahila Gaurav Samman

2013                                              National Swasti Award by Kalavrat Nyas

2013                                              Special Women by International Vaish Sammelan

2013                                              Unnat Bharat Sewashri Damini Award

2012                                              Rajasthan Gaurav Award

2012                                              Meritorious  Women’s Award

2011                                              Valpraiso Fellowship, Spain

2010                                              Kala Samridhi Award

2009                                             Centrum Art Residency, WA, USA

2009                                             Artist of the Year Award

2009                                             Achiever of the Year Award on Women’s Day

2008                                             Kala Shiromani Award, Jodhpur

2006                                             J K Galbraith Fellowship, Harvard University

2005                                             Ray Vernon Fellowship, Harvard University

2004                                             National Award in 63rd All India Art Exhibit  Hyderabad

2003                                             National Award in All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society

2002                                             National Award by NABARD in Cooperative Banking

2001                                             Award for Integrity & Public Service by Canadian


Cultural Organization

1998                                               National Productivity Award in Agricultural Marketing Exhibitions


• Art Exhibition at Warsaw Poland 2019
• Art Exhibition at Bratislava 2019
• Art Show at Prague 2019
• Print Show at Graz Austria 2019
• Valley of Flowers Show at Litfest Dehradun 2019
• Celebrating Nature CSOI New Delhi 2019
• India Habitat Centre New Delhi 2020
Solo Shows:
• My Conversations with Nature New Delhi 2019
• India Art Fair 2019
• Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 2019
• International Kala Mela, New Delhi 2018
• India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi 2017
• Hotel Trident, Mumbai 2017
• Safarnama, CSOI, New Delhi 2016
• Nehru Centre, Mumbai 2015
• Index Fair Mumbai 2015
• CSOI New Delhi 2014
• Nehru Centre, Mumbai 2014
• ITC Sheraton, Calcutta 2013
• “Indian Traditions” at Ploesti Museum, Romania 2013
• Desert Symphony ,Nehru Centre Mumbai 2012
• Timeless Art, Surajkund Crafts Show 2012
• Nadine, LE PRINCE Haveli, Fatehpur, Shekhawati 2012
• Artists Centre, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 2011
• India Kala Academy, Goa 2011
• National Museum, New Delhi 2011
• Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi 2011
• CCRT, New Delhi 2010
• Nehru Centre London 2010
• Welcom Art Gallery, Rajputana Sheraton Jaipur 2010
• Chitramayee State Gallery of Fine Arts, Hyderabad 2009
• Incredible India, at Fort Worden, WA,USA 2009
• Incredible India: Rothwell Gallery, Ottawa, Canada 2009
• Cottage Art Gallery, New Delhi 2008
• International Roerich Trust, Nagger, Kulu, Himachal 2008
• India: Life in Color California, Los Angeles 2008
• Incredible India: Life in Color, Cambridge, Boston 2008
• India: Life in Color, Hilton Hotel, New York 2006
• India: Life in Color, Harvard Arts Festival, Harvard University 2006
• ‘The Colors of India ‘Cambridge Center, Harvard Square 2006
• Taj Convention Center, Mississauga Canada 2005
• The Colors of India, Syracuse, New York 2005
• The Colors of India, Ohio, US 2005
• Nehru Centre, London 2004
• Sutlej Club, Ludhiana 2004
• ITC Welcom Art Gallery, Chola Sheraton, Chennai 2003
• Elahe Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2003
• ITC Welcom Art Gallery, Windsor Manor, Bangalore 2003
• Nell Dorr Art Gallery, Malsisar, Jhunjhunu 2003
• The Indian Desert’ Alliance Françoise, Kandy, Srilanka 2003
• Taj Hotel, Mumbai  2002
Group Shows:
• Group Show at Cymroza Art Gallery Mumbai 2019
• Master Strokes 2019 India Habitat Centre New Delhi 2019
‘Indradanush’ CSOI LitFest, New Delhi 2019
• Celebrating Indian Languages IGNCA, New Delhi 2019
• Celebrating Indian Languages, LBSNAA LitFest, Mussoorie 2019
• 101st Exhibition Art Society of India at Jahangir Art Gallery Mumbai 2019
• Inner Vision 2018 Studio 55 New Delhi 2019
• Inner Vision 2018 IHC New Delhi 2018
Sankalan Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 2018
Ganesha Padharo Mare Desh, New Delhi 2018
Sankalan, CSOI, New Delhi 2018
• Triumph of Masterworks: Celebrating Independence New Delhi 2018
Les Sentiments, Graz, Austria 2018
Rajasthan, group show, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2018
• Hyderabad Art Show, Hyderabad 2018
• Group Show, Pune 2018
• Thoughts on Surface, RPR Gallery, New Delhi 2017
• SNBA Exhibition, The Louvre, Paris, France 2017
Anugoonj, Jaipur 2017
• Women’s Group Show, Goa 2017
• The Veteran’s Beginning, RPR Auction House, New Delhi 2017
• International Art Show, Babylon Gardens, Turkey 2016
• Contemporary Expressions, Art Mantra, New Delhi 2015
Vibrant Brush, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai 2015
• ICAC Exhibition of Master Artists, Jahangir Gallery, Mumbai 2015
• Art Show, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi 2015
• Art Exhibition ‘ Different Strokes’ at CSOI New Delhi 2015
Rango ki Rimzhim, Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai 2015
• ‘Before & After” Group Show at Art Entrance Mumbai 2015
• Group Show, New Delhi 2015
• Group- Show at Cabinet Secretariat New Delhi 2015
• The Art Enclave Mumbai 2014
• “Emerge” by Dream Foundation The Club DN Nagar Mumbai 2014
• Rangam Hotel Island, Marriott New York 2014
• ‘For You Amrita’ Hungarian Cultural Centre New Delhi 2014
• JSAF- A Tribute Show Ahmedabad 2013
• SNBA Exhibit at Carrousel de Louvre Paris 2013
• All India Women’s Camp at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur 2013
• Art Summit Jaipur 2013
• SNBA Exhibit at Le Louvre Paris 2013
• Art Exhibit at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies Shimla 2013
• Aura Art Show 2013 Jehagir Gallery Mumbai 2013
• Art Fusion Nehru Centre Mumbai 2013
• An Escape Route Group Show of 32 artists at Samanvay Gallery, Jaipur 2013
• Jaipur Art Festival 2013
• Group Show L& P Hutheesing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad 2013
• 16th Kala Mela Jaipur 2013
• SNBA Exhibit at Le Louvre Paris 2012
• Apalak 2-2012 Photography Group Show 2012
• Fresco Art Show Rajputana Sheraton 2012
• All India Art Exhibition Amritsar 2012
• 34th Kala Mela 2012 Jaipur 2012
• Shabad Art Exhibit at Lit Fest 2012 Jaipur 2012
• All India Exhibition at Hyderabad 2012
• Group Show, Modi School 2011
• Group Show of Shristi JKK Jaipur 2011
• Exhibition of artwork of All India Artist’s Camp AIFACS 2011
• Sarasvati Gallery Nadine Laprince Haveli Cultural Centre Fatehpur 2011
• 14th Kala Mela, JKK Jaipur 2011
• 4th International Friendship Art Exhibition, Dhaka 2010
• Stree- All India Exhibition of Women Artists, New Delhi 2010
• Art Exhibition of Women Artists, Jaipur 2010
• ArtFest at Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur 2010
Shristi Art Group at Jawahar Kala Kendra Jaipur 2009
Tirangaa– Group Show at President House , New Delhi 2008
Srishti– a Group show at Town Hall, Jodhpur & Mt Abu 2008
• Cultural Survival, Boston Convention Center 2006
• Medford Arts Festival, Boston, US 2005
• Somerville Crafts Fair, Boston, MA 2005
• Crafts Bazaar, Cultural Survival, Boston 2005
• Painted faces of A Christopher and army Capt. Orlando A Bonilla for the exhibition, 2005
To Never Forget-Faces of the Fallen, Lowe Art Gallery, Syracuse Univ 2005
• The Appreciation Show, Pittsburgh, US 2004
• Art Exhibition at Convention Centre, Canada 2004
Monkeys- Myths and representations, East West Gallery, Hawaii 2004
• ‘Just A Taste” International Show, Monarch Sculpture Park, Washington 2004
Shrishti by Masters of Traditional art, Lalgarh Palace, Bikaner 2004
• International Art Show at Hamilton Canada 2004
• 76th All India Art Exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi 2004
• 63rd All India Art Exhibition, Hyderabad Art Society  2004
• All India Art Exhibition of WISDOM, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi 2003
• Bikaner Creative Artists Group, AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi 2003
• Artist’s Camp by Bikaner Creative Artist Group on ARTIST’S DAY 2003
• India Senior Artists Camp (AIFACS), Kala Kumbh, Bikaner 2003
• All India Exhibition of AIFACS, 2003
• Artist’s Camp of AIFACS in celebration of ARTIST”S DAY 28th April 2003
• All AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi 2003
• Group shows Shree Shakti at Habitat Centre New Delhi 2001
• All India Exhibition, AIFACS, New Delhi 1995
• Lalit Kala Academy 1992
• AIFACS Art Gallery, New Delhi 1990
• Artist’s camp, West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur 1999
• Art Festival, Jaipur 1989
• Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal 1989
• Kerala State Lalit Kala Academy 1987
Residencies and Workshops:
• Art Camp, LBSNAA LitFest, Mussoorie 2019
• Art Camp, Russian Centre for Science and Culture, New Delhi 2018
• Les Sentiments, Graz, Austria 2018
• AIFACS Art camp, New Delhi 2018
Namami Gange Art Residency, Haridwar, Uttrakhand, 2017
• Kerala Lalit Kala Camp, Dehradun  2017
• Vigyan Kala Parv, New Delhi 2017
• Gita Kala Parv, Kurukshetra, Haryana 2016
• Ceramics Workshop, New Delhi 2016
• International Babylon Residency, Izmir, Turkey 2016
• Indo-Vietnam Art Camp, New Delhi 2016
• Women Artists Workshop, Shanghai, China 2015
• Art Workshop at CSOI New Delhi 2015
• Jaipur Art Festival, Jaipur 2014
• Art Workshop, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla 2013
• All India Women’s Camp, Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur 2013
• Art Residency, Mallnitz, Austria 2013
• Calligraphy Workshop, Ajmer 2013
• Jaipur Art Festival, Jaipur 2013
• International Art Camp, Modi School, Jaipur 2012
• Apalak 2-2012 Photography Workshop 2012
• International Artists Camp, Modi School, Jaipur 2011
• All India Senior Artist’s Camp ( AIFACS), New Delhi 2011
• Valpraiso Fellowship Spain 2011
• Centrum Art Residency Port Townsend Seattle US 2010
• Workshops at Fort Worden, Port Townsend, Seattle, US 2009
• Artist in Residence at the East West Centre Hawaii April 2005
• Workshop at the KCC College, Hawaii 2005
• ‘Contemporary Indian Art Alliance Françoise, Kandy, Srilanka 2003
Organized workshop on “The Art of Tanjore Paintings” SZCC Jaipur 1994


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