Soumitra Bhattacharya initiated his professional journey in 1997 with TBWA India in the field of Advertising. He then embarked on diverse roles within Design Studios and IT Companies, including Human Factors International in Fairfield, Iowa, before establishing his own venture, Studio Firefly. Over a span of fifteen years, Soumitra thrived as an entrepreneur, leading his design studio from 2002 to 2018. During this tenure, he supervised a team and executed projects spanning print, web, and video for numerous clients.
In 2018, Soumitra transitioned to Dehradun to establish the Graphic Design discipline at UPES, initially with 22 students. Under his guidance, the discipline has expanded substantially to accommodate over 40 students. At UPES, he not only imparts education but also collaborates with a team of 23 faculty members from the Communication Cluster. He adeptly manages day-to-day operations and diverse activities within the department.
Awards and Grants
Embarking on a publishing venture, Soumitra Bhattacharya shared his extensive photo collection through a captivating book. This narrative chronicle his personal journey spanning two decades, capturing captivating landscapes, vibrant cultures, and unique encounters across India and beyond. The book's aim is to transport readers to culturally rich destinations while metaphorically delving into deeper meanings. Serving as a testament to Soumitra's growth as both a traveller and an individual, the publication encourages readers to embark on transformative journeys of their own. The book launch at the Himalayan Writing Retreat, Satkhol, Almora, marked a significant career milestone.
Engaging in scholarly pursuits, Soumitra Bhattacharya has directed and produced diverse film projects, exploring topics like deaf-blindness, post-quake interventions, and challenges faced by salt workers and child rights. His involvement in photography projects encompasses photo stories on themes from healthcare and education to women's safety and child labour. His interests span development communication, rural India, crafts, folk music, tribal art, and creative dimensions of movies and music.