M B Rajani

MB Rajani
Associate Professor
Phone
080 22185176
E-mail
mbrajani@nias.res.in
Room no
Faculty Block S-19
Department

MB Rajani's research has two inter-related facets: analysing cultural landscapes using geospatial data to identify new features of archaeological interest and advancing the usage of such analysis towards preservation of built heritage in the face of rapid urbanization. Her primary scientific contribution has been to develop a methodology for detecting tell-tale signs of past human activities on landscapes from satellite imagery and integrating these findings with other spatial data to generate new inferences and novel hypotheses about the past. Her work has therefore expanded the field of archaeology to include the study of human impact on landscapes. 

Her recent book Patterns in Past Settlements (2021) aims at imparting this knowledge to larger research and academic communities.

She is a member of Indian National Young Academy of Science 2018-2022, a Young Affiliate 2019-2023 of The World Academy of Sciences and recipient of Rachapudi Kamakshi Memorial Young Geospatial Scientist Award 2011 and P.R. Pisharoty Memorial award 2019 awarded by the Indian Society of Remote Sensing

Publications
M B Rajani, Kuili Suganya, Mythrayi Harshavardhan
Heritage Science and Society
Ancient Water Systems and Sacred Groves of the Settlement of Badami, Karnataka.
Coauthored by MB Rajani, Kuili Suganya, Mythrayi Harshavardhan. In: Shalini Dhyani, Mrittika Basu, Harini Santhanam, and Rajarshi Dasgupta (Eds.) Improving Urban Resilience and Sustainability by integrating Blue-Green Infrastructure across Asian Countries
M B Rajani, Sonia Das
Heritage Science and Society
Archaeological remains at Nalanda: a spatial comparison of 19th century observations and the protected World Heritage site
Coauthored by MB Rajani and Sonia Das. In:Anjana Sharma (ed.) Records, Recoveries, Remnants and Inter-Asian Interconnections: Decoding Cultural Heritage, ISEAS, Singapore, 2018, pp.239-256
M B Rajani
Heritage Science and Society
Tracing Ancient Itinerants and Early Medieval Rulers in the Forests of Bandhavgarh
Co-authored with Nayanjot Lahiri, Debdutta Sanyal, Samayita Banerjee & Satyendra Tiwari. South Asian Studies
31 January 2023
Journal Articles
M B Rajani
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Improved Geospatial Analysis of Shoreline Modification Using a Weighted-Average based Novel Formulation
Co-authored with Asmita Mohanty, Rudrodip Majumdar and Shailesh Nayak. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
2 December 2022
Journal Articles
M B Rajani
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Mapping Archaeological Remains of 14th Century Fort of Jahanpanah Using Geospatial Analysis
Co-authored with Gaurav Kumar Pal. Proceedings of the Satellite Workshops of ICVGIP 2021
27 November 2022
Journal Articles
M B Rajani
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
A geospatial study of the layout and extent of the eighteenth-century walled city of Hyderabad
Co-authored with Gaurav Kumar Pal. Journal of Geomatics, Vol 16 (2)
15 November 2022
Journal Articles
M B Rajani
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Hydrological maps as a tool for the exploration of historical water systems at Badami, Karnataka, India , 21 October 2022
Co-authored with Mythrayi Harshavardhan, and Kuili Suganya. Water History
28 October 2022
Journal Articles
M B Rajani
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Exploring the forest and mapping its archaeology: Bandhavgarh National Park and Tiger Reserve, India
Co-authored with Nayanjot Lahiri, Debdutta Sanyal, and Samayita Banerjee. Current Science, Volume 123
25 September 2022
Journal Articles
Blue-Green Infrastructure Across Asian Countries Kuili Suganya, Mythrayi Harshavardhan, M B Rajani
Heritage Science and Society
The Significance of Ancient Water Systems and the Sacred Groves in the Landscape of Badami, Karnataka: A Geospatial Study
Dhyani, S., Basu, M., Santhanam, H., Dasgupta, R. (eds) Blue-Green Infrastructure Across Asian Countries. Springer, Singapore.
25 March 2022
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Viraj Kumar
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Where Was Odantapuri Located? Archaeological Evidence Using Remote Sensing, GIS and Photogrammetry.
Resonance, Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore, Vol 26, Issue 9, September, (2021) pp 1287-1304.
28 September 2021
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Sonia Das
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
A Geospatial Study of Archaeological Remains at Halebidu: An Integrative Approach to Identify Unexplored Features.
Coauthored by M B Rajani and Sonia Das. In: J Indian Soc Remote Sens. (2021)
2 January 2021
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Shalini Dixit
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Potential of geospatial technologies as a cognitive and spatio-visual tool for mapping the past.
National Security 4(1): 63-80.
1 January 2021
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Sonia Das
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
A geospatial study of archaeological remains at Halebidu: An integrative approach to identify unexplored features.
Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing 49: 1025–1034.
1 January 2021
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Kuili Suganya
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Riverfront Gardens and City Walls of Mughal Agra: A Study of Their Locations, Extent and Subsequent Transformations Using Remote Sensing and GIS
Coauthored by M B Rajani and Kulli Suganya. In: South Asian Studies, 36:2, 139-165 (2020)
24 September 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Ekta Gupta
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Geospatial Analysis of Historical Cartographic Data of Kollam Fort
Coauthored by M B Rajani and Ekta Gupta. In: Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing, 48, 1567–1581(2020)
24 September 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Ekta Gupta
Heritage Science and Society
Geospatial Analysis of Historical Cartographic Data of Kollam Fort
Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing.
24 September 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Ekta Gupta
Heritage Science and Society
Historical Coastal Maps: Importance and Challenges in Their Use in Studying Coastal Geomorphology
Journal of Coastal Conservation 24:24.
30 March 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Kuili Suganya
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Riverfront gardens and city walls of Mughal Agra: A study of their locations, extent and subsequent transformations using remote sensingG and GIS.
South Asian Studies 36(2): 139-165.
1 January 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Ekta Gupta
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Historical coastal maps: Importance and challenges in their use in studying coastal geomorphology.
Journal of Coastal Conservation 24, Article No. 24.
1 January 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani
Heritage Science and Society
Geospatial analysis of historical cartographic data of Kollam fort.
Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing 48: 1567–1581.
1 January 2020
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Sonia Das, Pankaj Kumar, Sundeep Chopra
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Radiocarbon Dating of Historical Bricks: exploring the unprotected archaeological mounds in the environs of excavated site of Nalanda
Coauthored by M B Rajani, Sonia Das, Pankaj Kumar and Sundeep Chopra. In: Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy PINSA (special section) 85 No. 3 September, (2019) pp. DOI: 10.16943/ptinsa/2019/49649
3 September 2019
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Viraj Kumar
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Nalanda: A tale in the twist.
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, 78(4): 392-408.
1 January 2019
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Srikumar M Menon
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Remote sensing investigation of the Buddhist archaeological landscape around Sannati, India
Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 25: 294-307.
1 January 2019
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Kuili Suganya
Heritage Science and Society
Riverfront Gardens and City Walls of Mughal Agra: A Study of Their Locations, Extent and Subsequent Transformations Using Remote Sensing and GIS
South Asian Studies, DOI: 10.1080/02666030.2020.1721119
Journal Articles
M B Rajani, Das S
Heritage Science and Society
A Geospatial Study of Archaeological Remains at Halebidu: An Integrative Approach to Identify Unexplored Features
J Indian Soc Remote Sens (2021)
1 January 2021
M B Rajani, Shalini Dixit
Heritage Science and Society
Potential of Geospatial Technologies as a Cognitive and Spatio- visual tool for Mapping the Past
National Security, Vivekananda International Foundation, Vol.IV (1) (2021) pp- 63-80
1 January 2021
M B Rajani
co-authored
Heritage Science and Society
Radiocarbon dating of historical bricks: Exploring the unprotected archaeological mounds in the environs of excavated site of Nalanda
Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy 85(3): 629-636
1 January 2019
NIAS Comments
M B Rajani
Heritage Science and Society
Landscape Morphology and Spatial Patterning of Archaeological Signatures When Viewed from Above.
In: Patterns in Past Settlements: Geospatial Analysis of Imprints of Cultural Heritage on Landscapes. Springer Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry. Springer, Singapore.