Prakriti combines in her pursuit of the art, a rare blend of an elegant performer, meticulous teacher, imaginative choreographer, accomplished
nattuvanar and a prolific writer. Prakriti has trained under three of the most distinguished gurus of Bharata Natyam. The Kathakali maestro Guru Raghavan Nair initiated her into dance and she later honed her talent under the rhythm wizard Kalaimamani Talavidwan Guru T.S. Kadhirvelu Pillai and internationally acclaimed choreographer Padmashri Guru Adyar K. Lakshman.Her meticulous training under these stalwarts helped her evolve into a mature artiste with a highly creative mind and sensitivity. Prakriti holds a Masters Degree in Fine-Arts and is a National Scholar. She specializes in rhythmic choreography and nattuvangam (the art of playing the cymbals). Brilliant technique, coupled with a dignified stage-presence and natural grace are the hallmark of her dance, while aesthetic taste and penchant for perfection lend an ethereal quality to her choreographic work.
Moving beyond the conventional role of a performer – teacher, she has been working ceaselessly to de-mystify, popularize and preserve these oral traditions for the future generation. She is a visionary for whom the arts are a powerful instrument of upliftment and transformation of humankind and society. In 2007, Prakriti was awarded the prestigious ‘Senior Fellowship’ by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India for her research work on “Cross-rhythm Choreography and Nattuvangam”. She has been invited by prestigious institutes across the country such as the world renowned Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts – Chennai, to share her insights on dance with serious students of dance. In 2010, Prakriti was honoured with the Samaj Shakti Award for her significant contribution to the fine arts and in 2013 was awarded a doctorate for her thesis “Suddha Nritta – The aesthetics and mathematics of Rhythm in Bharata Natyam” by the prestigious Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.Carrying forth her guru’s legacy, she has been zealously training students for over two decades at Shiladhish Art & Research Institute.