The Padma Sri Order (the Lotus Order) was awarded to her for the great contribution to the studying of the ancient Indian language and literature and for the development of the Indology and Oriental Studies.
Tatyana Yelizarenkova was born in 1929. Upon graduation from the philology faculty of Moscow State University she devoted herself to studying the history of the development of the Indian Aryan languages and, in particular, the Vedic language.
Yelizarenkova is the author of many works on the phenomena of the Vedic Aryans' society. One of her most well-known books, "Words and Things in Rig-Veda," is interesting not only for specialists in ancient India, but also for those who study poetry based on myths.