Sharmila did her Masters in Textile Design from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Art and colours were always a passion for her. After completing her Bachelor in Arts, she also did her Bachelors in Visual Art from Government College of Art & Craft in Kolkata. She has worked with Textile corporates like Mafatlal and went on to do many other corporate jobs as a Designer in Sunanda Industries, Arvind Mills in Ahmedabad. She has also worked in the unorganised sector of the synthetic market in Pratibha Syntax as Chief Designer, Rachana Exports as Export Manager. She also did projects with Mrignayani of Madhya Pradesh and Gurjari of Gujarat. She then explored entrepreneurial ventures like opening up a boutique of her own as Antara Boutique in Ahmedabad. Thereafter, she joined academia and became an educator. Starting with being a HOD in Wigan & Leigh, then teaching at Indira Kala Sangeet University as a Textile Professor in Chattisgarh. She has also worked at Viswanikaten Institute of Design, Raigad, Maharashtra as design foundation faculty. Her last stint was at College of Architecture, Trivandrum where she worked as a professor in design foundation.