B.Sc., M.A., CLMA, Dancer, Choreographer,Movemnet science researcher
A movement art practitioner, movement science researcher and Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA), Rajyashree belongs to a generation of Indian dancers who started studying dance at a time when dance was not yet the norm, shaping the rise and acceptance of the classical idiom. She has moved on to redefine it in changing times and environs from an insightful, sensitive and yet critical stand.
Groomed for stage since early childhood in the dance theatre forms Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi and vocal South Indian classical music (Carnatic) in Bangalore and Chennai, her style of performing and teaching today has been nurtured by several master teachers, guided by scholars, influenced by a 30-year practice of Yoga and enriched through various movement studies in the West which include courses in Middendorf Breathing Therapy, a certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis and an ongoing academic pursuit.
She holds a Bachelors degree in science from Bangalore University and a Masters degree in Socio-cultural Studies from the Europa University Viadrina, Germany. Her doctoral thesis currently nearing completion is an empirical movement analytic study on the kinesthetics of meaning from a cross-disciplinary perspective (linguistic gesture studies, cognitive linguistics, brain research on emotions and Indian performing arts).