Rout has re-interpreted the Ganjapas (hand painted playing cards from his home state Odisha based on mythological figures), and the city of Mumbai, with his first hand experience as against the preconceived idea of the city through Bollywood. Using the layout and narration style of the Ganjapa cards he has created these works based on Mumbai and aptly named them “Salaam Bombay”.
Smrutikanta holds a BFA and an MVA from B. K. College of Art & Crafts in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. He has participated in group shows at Rastriya Lalit Kala Akademi Regional Centre, Bhubaneswar, Odisha (2014), Biju Pattnaik Park, Bhubaneshwar (2013) and Sutra Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur (2012). He has also participated in a residency program at UTSHA Foundation, Bhubaneshwar (2012).