About the Author: Born at Hardoi (U.P.) on 16th April,1947, Dr. Shashi Prabha Asthana obtained M.A. Degree in first division in 1965 from the Lucknow University. She obtained Ph.D. in 1976 from Magadh University. She joined the National Museum, New Delhi in 1972 as Technical Assistant and was elevate to the position of Assistant Director, National Museum in 1992. Within a brief period of her academic career, spanning hardly two decades, she had made immense and lasting contribution in the field of Indology and emerged as an outstanding archaeologist and art historian of international repute. She authored the following major monographs and catalogues: History and Archaeology of India's contacts with other countries from earliest times to 300 B.C.(1976), Pre Harappan cultures of India and its Borderlands (1985), Indian Art through the Ages (Catalogue for an exhibition held in USSR - 1987), Indian Bronzes, Catalogue of Gandhara Sculptures in the Bharat Kala Bhawan, BHU, Varanasi. Dr. Asthana also contributed a large number of research papers in Indian art and archaeology. Her meticulous planning and active involvement resulted in the National Museum organising most successfully fourteen international and eight national exhibitions besides several academic meets. She was also an excellent teacher of Egyptian art at the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. Recipient of Bursary Merit Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship, British Institute Fellowship, J.D.R.3rd Fund Fellowship,British Institute of Persian Studies Fellowship and similar other fellowship and similar other fellowships, Dr. Asthana, was widely travelled and a well sought after scholar. She visited and worked in U.K., USA, erstwhile USSR, Japan, Iran, Iraq, France, Germany etc. Under the short-term fellowship of British School of Archaeology she participated in exploring in Iran and Iraq. She had also a passion for editing. She jointly edited Frontiers of the Indus Civilization along with B.B.Lal and S.P.Gupta, and also the Journal of the Museum Association of India, New Delhi. She passed away on 26th September, 1997 at the age of 50 years only.
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