Amitabh Mitra

About Amitabh Mitra

Amitabh Mitra is a poet, artist and a medical doctor based in East London,South Africa. Extensively published, Amitabh has exhibited his visual art in South Africa, India and Europe.


His work “Images from Cecilia Makiwane”, featuring artwork from the township of Mdantsane, is on permanent display at the Warwick Medical School (UK). “Mdantsane Jazz”, a book tracing the history of Mdantsane published by the European Union, has placed him as the township icon. “Mdantsane Breathing”, published in 2010, is his coffee table book of art and poetry, and is dedicated to the brave people of Mdantsane.


Amiotabh headed the Department of Accident and Emergency, Trauma and Thutuzela Gender Violence Assistance Centre at the Cecilia Makiwane Heritage Hospital, Mdantsane.  He has served as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in high-altitude hospitals of the Kingdom of Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh, and in Niger, Zimbabwe, Transkei and Ciskei. He is the Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Datta

Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India and a Visiting Professor at the

University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.


Amitabh believes in fusing Art, Poetry and Medicine for the ultimate healing. His book inspired by the works of William Dalrymple, titled “Stranger than a Sun”, is a semi-autobiographical collection of love poetry, drawings and his life in Gwalior, India.  His latest book available on Amazon is “Anarchy and the Sea”.