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Dr. Sharada Srinivasan is a Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. She has made pioneering contributions in the scientific study of art, archaeology, and archaeo-metallurgy. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and World Academy of Arts and Sciences. She has received multiple research awards, including the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, the UKEIRI (UK-India Education and Research Initiative) award, the Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Women Scientist Award (2011), the Indian Institute of Metals Certificate of Excellence (2007), the Materials Research Society of India Medal (2006), the Malti B. Nagar Ethnoarchaeology Award (2005), and the DST-SERC Young Scientist Fellowship.

She is an acclaimed performer of Bharat Natyam and has given numerous lecture-demonstrations, such as the artistic and scientific perspectives on the Natraja Bronze. In 2019 she received the Padma Shri for her contributions to the field.