Tamal Mitra graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts, specializing in Print Making in 1989 and a Master of Visual Arts, specializing in Print Making in 1991 from Rabindra Bharati University, West Bengal.
Mitra started his career as an Art Director for a Documentary film on ‘Chaddar Baddar/ Chaddar Bandhani’ (A traditional puppet form of Bihar and Orissa) in 1991. He also designed and illustrated books, and conducted workshops for children at schools.
Mitra has been part of the teaching faculty at many universities and instituitions since 1999. He started his career as Visiting Faculty at the Textile Department, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. from 2000-01, he worked as visiting faculty at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai. From 2001 – 03, he worked at The Department of Interior Design P.V. Polytechnic, S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai. From 2003-05, he worked as an associate professor at The Department of Animation, Rai University, Mumbai. From 2006-07, he worked as academic head at the Thakur Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy, Mumbai. He teaches subjects like Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Story Design, History of Art and Animation.
Mitra was awarded the National Scholarship by the Government of India from 1991-92 at Viswa Bharati University, Santiniketan; the Junior Fellowship Government of India from 1992-93. He then received the INLAKS Foundation Grant to work at Chola Mandal Artists’ Village in 1993 and INLAKS Foundation Grant to work at Kanoria Centre of Arts, Ahmedabad from 1994-95.
Mitra has been working as an Assistant Professor, Department of Multimedia and Animation, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata from 2010 until date; where he lives.