Born in 1967. Sanju graduated with a Masters Degree in Painting from Indore University in 1990. With 5 solo exhibitions including the last one that was held at E. Alkazi’s Art Heritage at New Delhi and 30 Group shows to her credit, Sanju is being recognized as an important emerging figure in Abstract Art.
She has received 14 major awards including the State Award in 1997, The Raza Award in 1998, two more State Awards in 2000 and 2001, the AIFACS State Award in 2002, the 6th All India Camlin Award in 2003 and the All India Raza Foundation Award in 2006. Sanju grew up in a village called Aari, a hundred and twenty-five kilometers from Bhopal. She was fascinated with the paper pulp baskets that the village women made. She has incorporated these techniques in making her paper pulp paintings. By mixing clay with some other ingredients, she churns it. The paste thus made is coated on the canvas to dry with glue from the Babool tree. She then wields her brush with colours that invoke sunrise and sunset, dawn and dusk, water and vegetation.
Sanju taught Art in a school at Sehore for eight years during which her own learning process never stopped. Sanju is associated with the Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal.