Himanshu Prabha RayHimanshu Prabha Ray (born 15 August 1947) is a Sanskrit scholar, historian, and archaeologist. Her interests areas are marine archaeology, history, and culture of South Asia. Ray is a recipient of the Anneliese Maier research award of the Humboldt Foundation for collaborative research with the Distant Worlds Programme and an Honorary Professor of the Distant Worlds Programme, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She has also served as a professor in the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Ray was appointed as the Chairperson of the National Monuments Authority, under the government of India, until 2015.
With her interdisciplinary approach, she has authored many books and research papers on history, world heritage, and archaeology and is a recipient of many awards from research institutions.
Ray notes, most of the historians focus on political dynasties of medieval South Asia and have neglected the history of the sea. In her recent project focusing on Indian coastal belt from Goa to Mangalore wherein, she intends to study the history of the sea through the historical monuments dated back to European time. Ray recommends that costal history can not be isolated as only the history of India, instead, it has to be a study of the area covering the entire Indian Ocean region. To preserve the degrading coastal heritage, she comments "we need to draw on rigorous research and blend history, archaeology, and heritage, especially world heritage". Provided by Wikipedia