I.K. Sarma has a PhD in archaeology from the University of Pune. He has worked at excavations in Nagarjunakonda, Kalibangan, Paiyanpalli, Pauni, Surkotada, and directed the excavations at Gudimallam, Amaravati and Guntupalli. Among his more important published works are The Coinage of the Satavahana Empire, The Development of Early Saiva Art and Architecture and Science of Archaeology in India. Dr Sarma served as Director of the Archaeological Survey of India and of Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad.