Dance Career of Sharada Srinivasan
In this International Year of Astronomy the photo-montage exhibition "Danse e-Toile: Nataraja et le Cosmos" curated by Sharada Srinivasan, scientist-dancer is featured at Alliance Française Bangalore Atrium. It explores cosmic sensibilities and the art, metallurgy and science of the Nataraja bronze and from the evocative lens of both the Bharata Natyam and French contemporary dance forms. It will be at Cite De L'Espace, Toulouse for the Festival La Novela as a prelude to an internet-streamed dance event between Sharada Srinivasan and K.Danse, France. She is also an acclaimed performing artist specialising in the South Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam. Sharada Srinivasan has performed and lectured at the Royal Asiatic Society, the Royal Academy of Arts, for the Chola exhibition, the International Academy of Astronautics, the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, INTACH-Belgium, Nehru Centre, London, China Conservatory of Music, National History of Science Seminar, Hyderabad, University of Toyoma, Japan and others. She had a photo-exhibition in June 2008 at Alliance Francaise Bangalore entitled 'Cosmic Dance of Shiva' on art-science-dance perspectives related to South Indian bronzes and the Nataraja. Danse e-Toile: Nata-raja et le Cosmos (Dance of stars: Nataraja and the Cosmos) was the first ever live, internet-streamed interactive dance and music programme between India and Europe. The event was held in Bangalore on 17th October 2009 as part of the celebration of the International Year of Astronomy 2009. What made it more noteworthy were the creative choreography and the amazing synthesis of art, science and advanced technology.
Other Career of Sharada Srinivasan
Sharada Srinivasan 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'. Dr. Sharada Srinivasan is a Lead Investigator on a prestigious UKIERI grant of British Council with Exeter University's Dr Gill Juleff and Prof Ranganathan on the project "Pioneering metallurgy: origins of steel making in the southern Indian subcontinent". After obtaining a Master's degree at the University of London, she joined the Institute of Archaeology University College London to continue the project on the characterisation of South Indian bronze sculptures. During the tenure of Homi Bhabha Fellowship, Srinivasan visited the United Kingdom and United States of America as a visiting scholar at the Smithsonian, the Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Museum Applied Sciences Centre for Archaeology (MASCA), University of Pennsylvania, Conservation Analytical Laboratory, Smithsonian and Conservation Department, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian, and presented papers at the Conference on Indus Archaeology, University of Wisconsin Madison and The Cost Committee Meeting on Ion Beam analysis in Art and Archaeology at Oxford organised by European Commission. Sharada Srinivasan also undertook further original research on technical evidence for high carbon steel by ancient crucible processes and ancient high-tin Bronzes and the surviving groups in Kerala for manufacture of high-tin bronze vessels and mirrors and lost wax casting.
Awards Received by Sharada Srinivasan
Sharada Srinivasan was conferred with the Dr. Kalpana Chawla State Award for Women Scientists 2011 instituted by the Government of Karnataka.
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