Sarada Natarajan

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Medieval Indian Sculpture and Iconography
  • Indian Art Historiography
  • Art and Art History Pedagogy
  • Historical Nature-Culture Relations


Sarada Natarajan did her PhD and Masters in Arts in Art History from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat.

For her Postdoctoral project at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, Sarada worked on theorising materiality and artistic agency in the context of medieval Indian stone sculpture. 

Her most recent research project was for an interactive website on Halasuru Someshwara Temple, to be launched by Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Bengaluru. She also contributed to the INTACH team dossier that proposed Hoysala temples for nomination as world heritage sites, a document that was submitted to UNESCO by the Government of India. 

Sarada taught in the Fine Arts and Theatre Arts departments of the University of Hyderabad for over a decade. She has also taught courses at Shiv Nadar University, Ashoka University, and Krea University. She mentored young artists and curators for three successive College Biennales of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi.

A trained Carnatic vocalist, Sarada illustrates for children. She has done numerous illustrations for the Azim Premji Foundation-supported magazine Teacher Plus. 

An ongoing collaboration with eminent ecologists allows her to combine her love for forests with her fascination for medieval sculpture.


Chapters in Edited Books


  • Natarajan, S. (1997). Watering the Neighbour’s Plant: Media Perspectives on Female Infanticide in Tamil Nadu, M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Chennai.

Book Illustration Project

  • De, Aditi, et al. (2020). Eleven Stops to the Present: Stories of Bengaluru. (S. Natarajan, Illus.). INTACH Bengaluru Chapter.