Iravati, a scholar who has specialised in the field of ancient Indian theatre, has written a number of research articles on the subject for various journals. Several plays penned by her have been staged and admired, the latest one based on the life of poet Kabir and tiltled Moko Kahan Dhundhe Re Bande. She has been honoured by Samskar Bharati for her contributions to histrionic art. Currently she heads the Department of Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology in Vasanta College for Women, Krishnamurti Foundation (India), Varanasi.
Indian Social & Cultural Association Award 1995
Sanskar Bharti Samman 1999
The Pauline Hope Excellence Award 2004
Sri Vidya Sadhana Samsthan Samman 2007
Kashi Ratna Award 2007
Setu Natya Shakti Alankaran Award 2008
1. Bhikshu Jagdish Kashyap Institute of Buddhist & Asian Studies.
2. Indian Art History Congress.
3. Academic Committee of Jnana Pravah (Centre of Cultural Studies & Research) Varanasi.
1. “Ancient Indian Historical Writings and Suta”, Journal of Indian History, Vol. LXIV, Part 1-3, April – August 1986, Trivendrum.
2. “All Female Theatre: As Depicted in Ancient Indian Literature and Art”, Puratan, Vol. No. 7, 1989, Bhopal.
3. “A Life Dedicated to India”, The Indian Theosophist (Special Number) Nov.-Dec. 1993, Varanasi.
4. “Religion and Theatre”, Samanvay, January 2002, Varanasi.
5. “Om or Aum: The Sacred Syllable”, Samanvay, Vol. III, No. 2, July 2002, Varanasi.
6. “Theatre: Brahmana and Sramana Approach: A Saga of Rejection and Acceptation, Sandhan, Vol. VIII, No. 2, July-December 2008.
7. “Performing Arts in Ancient Kashi”, Jnan Pravah, Research Journal Vol. XIII, 2009-10.