‘I am seeking that dance which might be the divine expression of the human spirit through the medium of the body’s movement’, -Isadora Duncan once said. Rukmini, reflects the very same sentiment in her dancing. Her dance is her poetry. Rukmini Is the Director of her Classical Dance Company Raadha Kalpa and her new art space LshVa. Rukmini began her formal training in dance at the age of eight. She had an initial exposure to ballet, but her primary training and rigorous practice through her early years was in Bharatanatyam. She had her Arangetram, (debut, solo performance) in 1998 under Guru Padmini Rao, after which she continued her practice under Guru Narmada, (a recipient of the Sangeet Natak Academy Award) and Guru Sundari Santhanam (a senior disciple Dr Padma Subrahmanyam). She was introduced to the teachings of the Natyashastra, and pursued an intense training in the Karanas under Guru Sundari Santhanam for many years. She furthered her knowledge of Bharatanatyam by studying, Sanskrit, Tala (rhythm) in music, and Yoga. She was re-introduced to Classical Ballet in her late teens practicing at dance studios in California and New York, and under Yana Lewis in India. She was accepted into the Undergraduate program for dance at the Boston Conservatory, one of the most prestigious performing arts schools in the USA. She graduated with honors, obtaining a BFA in Modern dance and Ballet. At the conservatory, she was exposed to many other subjects that support dance and performance in the four years that she spent there; Alexander technique, Pilates, Laban notation and movement analysis, Stage design, Choreography, Dance history, Anatomy, Pedagogy, to name a few. She chose to further her interest in this field by taking courses in Gross Anatomy and Exercise physiology at Boston University, and later began a Fitness Instruction Certification at UCLA. Her interest in body mechanism, resulted in her certification as a Mat Power Pilates, instructor. She has performed in many venues in India and abroad and has been appreciated for her unique style, innovative choreography, athleticism, arresting emotions and attention to detail. Her recent performances at the 80th Anniversary of the Jacobs Pillow dance festival, USA and at the Erasing borders Festival, NY, were well received. She recently received the title of Arsha Kala Bhushan from Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and the Big FM award for dancer of the year from Jaya TV. Her dance productions “Nayani” and “Prabhavati” toured the USA, and Middle East, in 2012, 2013 raising funds for AIM for Seva. She has a unique choreographic perspective that retains tradition while drawing from the ancient to create something that relates to the contemporary. Rukmini’s enthuse in theater and acting prompted her study of Film and Theater at the New York Film academy and at the Ivana Chubbuck studios. She has performed in several theater productions in India and has received much appreciation for her delineated character of Aung San Suu Kyi, in the one woman show, “The Lady of Burma”, by Richard Shannon, directed by national award winner, Prakash Belawadi. Rukmini has also acted in various Films. She was much appreciated for her unique role in Bommalattam, her first movie directed by Bharathi Raja. Subsequently her dance song ‘Kana Kangiren’ was a big hit. She has appeared in ‘Kochadaiyaan,’as Rajinikanth’s Sister. She also has had a special appearance in the Kannada movie ‘Bajarangi’, and the Bollywood movie, “Shamitabh”.