She holds an MA in Bengali Literature. Later she completed Graduation from Pathshala -South Asian Media Institute of Photography, and joined Pathshala as a Teacher. Mawa began her photographic career with UNICEF.

She covered stories from diverse fields. Her works have been showcased globally in various forums and places, including: Emory University, USA, Drik Gallery, Dhaka Art Summit, Asian Women Photographers' Showcase, Obscure Photo Festival, Delhi Photo Festival. Her work has also been selected for Chobi Mela International Photo Festival.

Mawa's work 'Finding Neverland' was published in the book 'Under the Banyan Tree' by Pathshala and other works were published in Le Monde, The Guardian, etc. She received several awards, including: The Daily Star, ACI-Persona, KLPA, Guizhou Festival, UNICEF  & PIB awards.