Dr. Usha R. Balakrishnan
Independent Scholar & Researcher
Dr. Usha R Bala Krishnan has a PHD in Ancient Indian Culture and a post doctorate in Museum Studies from New York University, USA. She is the co-author of Dance of the Peacock: Jewellery Traditions of India and was invited by the Government of India to study, document and prepare a comprehensive catalogue of the jewels that formerly belonged to the Nizams of Hyderabad. This resulting publication Jewels of the Nizams, is the first ever study of the Nizams’ state regalia and personal heritage.
Usha lectures on the History of Art, History of Jewelry and History of Design at the SNDT University, Mumbai and is a correspondent for various publications including the Asian Art Newspaper, London.