Hem Chandra Goswami
The President, Smt. Droupadi Murmu presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shri Hem Chandra Goswami at the Civil Investiture Ceremony-I at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 22, 2023.
Born (1958-03-01) March 1, 1958 (age 66)
Majuli district, Assam, India
Known forArtist and mask-maker
AwardsPadma Shri (2023)

Hem Chandra Goswami (born March 1, 1958) is an Indian mask-making artist from Assam's Majuli district.[1][2] He received the India’s fourth-highest civilian award Padma Shri in 2023 for his contributions in the field of art.[3][4]

Early life and career

Hem Chandra Goswami in 2023

Goswami was born on March 1, 1958. He completed his HSLC Examination from a local High School and went on to pursue a bachelor's degree in Arts and Crafts from the Arts and Crafts Society of Guwahati, Assam.[5]

At the tender age of 10, he embarked on his training in the art form established by Srimata Shankardev. Under the guidance of his father, Rudrakanta Deva Goswami, a Sattriya artist and mask maker, he honed his craft from a young age.[6][7]

Goswami has given lectures about the history of split bamboo masks at various institutions throughout the country, including Dibrugarh University, Tezpur University, Vivekananda Kendra: Guwahati, Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre for the Arts in New Delhi, and Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan.[5]

Awards and honors


  1. ^ sahu, Bharti (26 January 2023). "मास्टर मास्क निर्माता हेम चंद्र गोस्वामी को पद्म श्री के लिए नामित किया गया". jantaserishta.com (in Hindi).
  2. ^ "The Masketeers of Majuli". India Perspectives. 4 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Revival of Assam's traditional masks gets Hem Chandra Goswami Padma award". Hindustan Times. 26 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Three Assamese awarded Padma Shri পদ্মশ্ৰী সন্মান মাজুলীৰ মুখাশিল্পী হেমচন্দ্ৰ গোস্বামীলৈ". ETV Bharat News (in Assamese).
  5. ^ a b "President of India conferred Padma Shri to Hem Chandra Goswami in field of Art from Assam - NE India Broadcast". NeindiaBroadCast. 22 March 2023.
  6. ^ a b Desk, Sentinel Digital (26 January 2023). "Master Mask Maker Hem Chandra Goswami Named for Padma Shri". www.sentinelassam.com.
  7. ^ Ravi, S. (22 August 2019). "Meet Hem Chandra Goswami, a master mask-maker from Majuli". The Hindu.
  8. ^ a b c d "The President of India conferred Padma Shri to Shri Hem Chandra Goswami in field of Art from Assam in Civil Investiture Ceremony". www.pib.gov.in.