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 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 the Homi Bhabha Fellowship (1996-8), the Forbes Smithsonian Research Associateship (1999), and she is Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society, London. She has published 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). 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 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.