Prem Lata Sharma



Born in 1927 in Nakodar, Punjab, Shrimati Prem Lata Sharma was a pupil of Shri Omkarnath Brokur at the Department of Music, Banaras Hindu University. While there she also qualified for Masters in Hindi and Sanskrit, as well as a Ph.D. in Sanskrit. Since then she has applied herself to the study of theoretical aspects of Indian music with particular emphasis on their sources in Sanskrit texts. Shrimati Sharma served at Banaras Hindu University for over three decades, distinguishing herself as a teacher and scholar, retiring as Dean of the Faculty of Performing Arts. She served as Chairperson of Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi from 1983 to 1986 and as Vice-Chancellor of Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, from 1985 to 1988. Shrimati Sharma has a large body of published works to her credit, noteworthy among which are a critical edition and annotated translation of eight chapters of the Nalyashastra and a comprehensive glossary of terms of music and dance. She has played an important role in revitalizing Dhrupad. As an outstanding musicologist she has been a guide to many researchers. She has received the Fellowship of Uttar Pradesh Sangeet Natak Akademi and the Emeritus Fellowship of the Government of India. For her service to Indian scholarship, Shrimati Prem Lata Sharma is elected Fellow of Sangeet Natak Akademi.