Amba Sanyal studied at the College of Art (New Delhi) and the Beaux Arts (France). She coordinated the documentation project ‘Saris of India’ under the Development Commission (Handlooms) and co-authored ‘Saris of India – Madhya Pradesh’. Since the 60s Amba has worked with rural communities in craft development and design intervention as well as art education with village school children. At present she works as a costume designer for film and theatre and teaches costume design. She works extensively with school and college students running theatre and art appreciation workshops.