Sharada Dwivedi

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Sharada Dwivedi.

c. 1942
Died6 February 2012 (aged 69-70)
Mumbai, India
Alma materSydenham College
Occupation(s)Art and Architecture Historian
Known forHistorical books
PartnerBhagirath Dwivedi
ChildrenRadhika Dwivedi

Sharada Dwivedi (शारदा द्विवेदी),(c. 1942 – 6 February 2012) was an Indian author, historian and researcher. She wrote several books on the history and culture of both India and Mumbai (formerly Bombay).[1] She was on the panel on the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee.[2] Among her most famous work was Bombay, the Cities Within (1995).[3] She had great fascination for Victorian-era Mumbai and later in her life, she developed a great affection for the city's art deco stylings.


Sharada Dwivedi completed her schooling at Queen Mary School, Mumbai, in Mumbai, and then graduated from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics from the University of Mumbai. She follow this with a degree in Library Science from the same university and with training in reference work in Paris.[3]

Conservation work[edit]

Dwivedi was involved in several conservation projects in Mumbai and served as a member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee.[2] She was a member of the Executive Committee of the Urban Design Research Institute[4] the KALA GHODA ASSOCIATION,[5] and was a consultant to the Bombay Collaborative.[3][6] In the early 1990s disgruntled with how authors were not being paid equitably, she started her own publishing company, Eminence Designs Pvt. Ltd. which has gone on to publish over 30 titles on a variety of subjects from Bombay history, art and architecture to cookery, beauty and film. Her book Almond Eyes & Lotus Feet, authored with Shalini Devi Holkar, was subsequently published by Harper Collins in the US.


Dwivedi died on 6 February 2012 in Mumbai, India after a brief illness.[7][8]


Dwivedi's writings covered subjects such as art, architecture, interiors, heritage, conservation and the traditions of cuisine and beauty.[3]

Year Book title Author(s) Publisher ISBN
1995 Bombay, the Cities Within India Book House ISBN 978-8185028804
1996 Banganga, Sacred Tank Eminence Designs
1999 Fort walks: Around Bombay's Fort area Eminence Designs ISBN 978-8190060233
2000 Anchoring a City Line the History of the Western Suburban Railway and its Headquarters in Bombay with Rahul Mehrotra Eminence Designs ISBN 8190060244
2000 Maharaja and the Princely States of India Roli Books ISBN 978-8174360816
2002 The Jehangir Art Gallery: established 21 January 1952[9] with Rahul Mehrotra Jehangir Art Gallery
2002 The Victoria Memorial School for the Blind: Founded 14 February 1902[10] with Rahul Mehrotra Victoria Memorial School for the Blind
2003 The Automobiles of the Maharajas Eminence Designs ISBN 978-8190060288
2006 Premchand Roychand (1831-1906), His Life and Times Eminence Designs ISBN 978-8190382113
2007 Almond Eyes, Lotus Feet, Indian Traditions in Beauty and Health with Shalini Devi Holkar William Morrow and Company ISBN 978-0061246531
2008 Bombay Deco with Rahul Mehrotra, Noshir Gobhai Eminence Designs ISBN 9788190382151

Dwivedi[11] wrote numerous articles on conservation and urban issues on Mumbai. Among these were:[3]

  • Lives of the Indian Princes (1984) with Charles Allen
  • Reach for the Stars (1993) – the corporate history of Blue Star Ltd
  • The Broken Flute (1994) – a children's novel
  • The Maharaja (1999)
  • A Celebration of Style (2000) Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla.

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External links[edit]

  1. Youtube of An Interview with Sharada dwivedi-part-2