Experienced and noted artiste of Bharatanatyam, teacher, researcher and social worker, Dr. Padmaja has been trained by prominent Gurus, her mentor being the stalwart Guru K.Kalyanasundaram. She holds degrees in Commerce, Law, Diploma in choreography, a Masters in Philosophy and a doctorate from Mysore University. She has performed at major dance festivals throughout the country and major organizations at several cities and towns, among others the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Raj Bhavans. Critics of repute have giving highly laudatory reviews on her dancing skills and creativity. The ICCR had delegated Padmaja on concert tours as cultural ambassador besides which, she has performed and given workshops and lecture demonstrations at over 30 nations.


Daughter of Late Chakyar Koothu Sri K. K. Rajan , her institution Aatmalaya imparts training in classical dance and music and has a charitable wing Kalachaitanya for propagating arts for lesser privileged and rural children. She serves in panel of examiners at State academy dance scholarships, External Guide and examiner at Jain University, Bangalore, for M.A , MPhil and Phd in Departments of social sciences and humanities, Panel of examiners at CCRT dance Scholarships scheme and has contributed modules for UGC Pathshala dance higher education project. She writes and presents papers at major international conferences, including multi-disciplinary and World Sanskrit conferences. Deeply spiritual and intellectual, her books Tantra the Science and Natya the Art- two faceted Reality and The Liberating dance Natya Tantra , have been well appreciated for the esoteric study of dance. She presents a dance serial, curated by her, Natya Tantra on Tv.



Director, Aatmalaya Academy of Art and Culture Trust, regd. [from 2002 to date]


Bcom, BL, MA, Phd , Diploma dance choreography


Areas of Expertise:

  • Teaching: Dance Teacher
  • Research: Completed PhD research in area of Tantra and Natya and published scientific papers.
  • Performance: Bharatanatyam performer with over 30 years experience
  • Social worker with scheme KALACHAITANYA
  • Choreography: Trained in Diploma in Choreography and have choreographed individual and group productions.