Prof Sharada Srinivasan, is Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and has made pioneering contributions to the study of archaeology and history of art from the perspective of exploring engineering applications in these disciplines, i.e. archaeometry, archaeometallurgy and archaeological sciences. She has a PhD. from Institute of Archaeology, University College London (1996) on Archaeometallurgy of South Indian bronzes; MA from School of Oriental & African Studies, London (1989) and B.Tech in Engineering Physics from IIT, Mumbai (1987). She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and World Academy of Art and Science. She is a recipient of the Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Women Scientist Award for 2011, the Indian Institute of Metals, Certificate of Excellence 2007 and Materials Research Society of India Medal 2006, the Malti B. Nagar Ethnoarchaeology Award (2005), and the DST-SERC Young Scientist Fellowship, the Flinders Petrie Medal 1989 from University of London, the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award 1996. She is a recipient of the DST Nurture Scheme and Young Scientist Awards. She was co-recipient (with Exeter University) of a British Council funded UKEIRI research awards (2009-2011), of a Royal Society-DST award, as well as an ongoing UKIERI-II Award related to developing joint PhD. Programmes in intangible histories including archaeology and performance studies. She has been a Forbes Research Associate at the Department of Scientific Research and Conservation, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, USA in 1999 and Homi Bhabha Fellow at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from 1996-8. Her landmark contributions have included archaeometric characterisation of bronzes of south India using lead isotope analysis, archaeometallurgical studies on ancient mining and metallurgy in southern India, studies on wootz steel, and documenting artisanal technologies such as mirror making and bronze casting at Swamimalai and so on, having worked on artefacts in the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Government Museum, Chennai and so on. She is first author of the book ‘India’s Legendary Wootz Steel: An advanced material of the ancient world’ and author of more than 60 research papers. She is also an acclaimed performer of Bharata Natyam and has given numerous lecture-demonstrations such as the artistic and scientific perspectives on the Nataraja bronze. She has given lecture-demonstrations at venues such as Royal Academy of Arts, London (for their Chola bronze exhibition), International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Norton Simon Museum, USA, Lyon Planetariuam, International Academy of Astronautics (58th IAC,Hyderabad). She performed in ‘Danse e-toile’, a unique cross-continental internet streamed contemporary classical duet performance for the Festival ‘La Nouvella’ of Cite de L’Espace, Toulouse, France for the International Year of Astronomy, 2009 and for TEDX-GCT. She is PI on a project on Vanishing heritage of metal craftsmen in southern India.
Education DetailsPh.D. (1996), in Archaeometallurgy, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK. Thesis title: “The enigma of the dancing ‘pancha-loha’ (five-metalled) icons: Art historical and archaeometallurgical investigations on south Indian metal icons’. (Recommended by examiners for publication and in press). Master’s (1989), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in Art and Archaeology (Distinction). Bachelor of Technology (1987), Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, in Engineering Physics