by Tom McClintock
30 April 2021
She was awarded the high honour of ‘Chevalier des Arts et Lettres’ - Knight in the National Order of Arts and Letters - by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2014. She acted as an International Expert for rock art with ICOMOS and UNESCO, and she is a member of the Bradshaw Foundation Advisory Board. Awarded Patrimonies de la Bourse for 2019 by the Ministry of Culture, France.
She has devoted nearly thirty years of her life to the discovery, study, publication, exhibitions, workshops and protection of Indian Rock Art. She has visited more than 40 painted caves in Europe and many rock art sites in the different countries.
She has given many lectures on Indian Rock Art and tribal Art in various National and International Universities and Museums. Film on the “Central Indian Rock Art and tribal art “, based on her research work, screened and awarded in the International Archaeology Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. March 2019.
Currently involved with research projects on Central Indian Rock art and Ethnic culture. Her scientific concerns are now mostly related to prehistoric rock art, in particular to its preservation and recording, the study of its archaeological context (to put it in a better anthropological and cultural perspective), and finally - and even mostly - the problems of epistemology and the search for meaning.
She has published more than 50 papers and three books:
1.“Rock Art of Pachmarhi Biosphere”, Delhi, BR Publications, 2012.
2.“Des Images pour les Dieux. Art rupestre et Art tribal dans le Centre de l’Inde” (with Jean Clottes). Arles (France), Éditions Errance, 2013.
3.“Powerful Images. Rock Art and Tribal Art of Chhattisgarh”. With Jean Clottes. Bloomsbury Publications, 2017.
4.“Madhya Pradesh Rock Art and Tribal Art” with Jean Clottes, in print.