Rimli Bhattacharya trained in Comparative Literature at Jadavpur and Brown Universities. She has published on gender and performance, primary education, children's literature and expressive forms in the Indian subcontinent. Her translations of Bangla novels include Aranyak (2002), Four Chapters (2002) and The Restless Waters of the Ichhamati (2018). She was Script Consultant and Production Coordinator for the film based on Tagore's last novel, Char Adhyay directed by Kumar Shahani in 1997. She is the author of Binodini Dasi: 'My Story' and 'My Life as an Actress' (1998) and Public Women in British India: Icons and the Urban Stage (2018).