Ganesh Panda completed his education in 1982 from Govt. Collage of Art and Craft, Khalikote, Odessa, after which he moved to Mumbai to fulfil his dream of becoming an artist.
Somewhere, in between his entire struggle to survive he got into art direction in an ad agency. However, the vacuous corporate life was a constant source of discontentment for him. Panda eventually found solace in the setting sun, in the changing autumn leaves, the ebbs and flows of a river and eventually quit his job one day to pick up a palette knife and paint the sights he loved.