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Sharada Srinivasan

    Sharada Srinivasan
    Email: sharasri@gmail.com
Sharada Srinivasan, Faculty Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India, works in the field of inter-disciplinary scientific studies in art, archaeology, archaeometallurgy and culture and is also an acclaimed exponent of classical Bharata Natyam dance. She has a PhD. in Archaeometallurgy from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1996) on the theme of 'Archaeometallugical and art historical studies on South Indian metal icons; MA in Art & Archaeology from School of Oriental & African Studies, London (1989) and B.Tech in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai (1987).  She is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Metals Excellence Award (2007), Flinders Petrie Prize and Medal, London University (1989), Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award, USA, (1997), Materials Research Society of India Medal (2006) and Malti Nagar Ethnoarchaeology Award (2005 ) and her other distinctions include the Homi Bhabha Fellowship (1996-8) and the Forbes Smithsonian Research Associateship (1999) and she is  Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society, London. She is also first author of the book India's legendary wootz steel' produced by Tata Steel, co-authored with S. Ranganathan. She has published some 35 papers in prestigious journals including Encyclopeadia of Non-Western Science, Orientations (2006), World Archaeology (2004), Archaeometry (1999), Journal of Metals (1998), Material Issues in Art & Archaeology, Journal of Historical Metallurgy (1995) and so on. She is an accomplished exponent of the classical  south Indian dance form of  Bharata Natyam and has been integrating insights from performance into her  work on archaeological science and archaeology. Her PhD. and subsequent papers on the south Indian bronze icons and the archaeometallurgical and archaeo-astronomical insights related to the Nataraja, suggesting it may have originated in the Pallava rather than Chola period have been well appreciated and she has recently given lecture-performances related to this theme at Royal Asiatic Society, London and the Royal Academy of Arts for their exhibition 'Chola: Sacred bronzes from Southern India  (Jan-Feb 2007).Her recent lecture-performances include  the World Dance Congress, Athens, Music Conservatory of Lueven, Belgium, INTACH-Belgium, the UNESCO conference on Science in Cultural Heritage at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing and others.

Updated 17 April 2008.

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