Dr Unni Krishnan Karikkat is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Studies at Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. He is a UNESCO-UK Fellow (BUCoF), a recipient of the Chevening Clore Fellowship 2017-18 (CCLF-UK), CSCLeaders 2019, a Nehru-Fulbright Doctoral and Professional Research Fellowship 2012-13 (FNDPR-USA). He has received the Gold Medal from former President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and a fellowship from Ministry of Culture, India. He has delivered lectures on Culture, History and Arts in USA, UK and in India. Besides his academic writings and visual art works, he is presently completing a monograph on Identity, Iconography and Cultural History of India.