Dr Gauri Parimoo Krishnan specialises in South Asian art history and performing arts. She obtained her PhD in art history from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India where she taught art history and aesthetics before moving to Singapore. She developed the Indian collection as the founding Curator for South Asia at the Asian Civilisations Museum and was the Deputy Director for Research and Publication at the museum. She is currently engaged in the development of the Indian Heritage Centre project of the National Heritage Board, Singapore as its Centre Director working closely with the Indian community.
She received Singapore Government’s Commendation Medal Pingat Kepujian in honour of her contribution to the development of the Asian Civilisations Museum’s collections, galleries, exhibitions and publications. She is the recipient of research grants of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the American Institute of Indian Studies, Gurgaon; Monash University, Melbourne and the National Heritage Board.
Gauri has curated many seminal block-buster exhibitions, lectured on Indian art and the diaspora; published extensively in reputed journals; her major publications are: Images of Compassion: The Art of Naina Dalal (ed. 2000); Ratan Parimoo: Ceaseless Creativity — Paintings, Prints, Drawings (ed. 2000); The Divine Within: Art and Living Culture of India & South Asia (2006); On the Nalanda Trail: Buddhism in India, China and Southeast Asia (ed. 2007); Ramayana in Focus: Visual and performing Arts of Asia (ed. 2010). Her forthcoming edited volumes on Buddhist Art of Asia and Indian Trade Textiles will be seminal contributions to new research on Indian and Asian art.