Mrs. Gouri Basu graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata with Honours in Chemistry. She did her post graduation in Bio-Chemistry from the Calcutta University College of Science. She has taught at St Xavier's College, Kolkata and Loreto House, Kolkata for many years. She has been a consultant with Rabindranath Tagore Centre, ICCR, Kolkata for 4 years. She has been an educationist, and among several accolades, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to Education, from the Telegraph and Excellence in Science. Teaching from the National Academy of Sciences. She has authored various publications on her researches on the dance forms, folk music, folk theatre and rural arts of India as well as the Kantha traditions of Bengal. Currently, the Director of the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre, Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Mrs. Basu is a highly talented individual, who strikes an excellent balance between her plethora of activities.