started learning Mohiniyattam at the age of
10 from Smt. Girija and Smt. Chandrika Kurup,
both senior students of Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma,
whose student she continued to be for 10 years.
Later she specialized in the art form under
the able guidance of Smt. Kalyani Kuttyamma
herself and her daughter, Smt.Sreedevi Rajan.
She was also fortunate to learn Abhinaya,
which is the quintesence of Mohiniyattam,
from Sri. Kalamandalam Krishnan Nair, the
doyen of the Kathakali sage. She has gleaned
a wealth of knowledge and professional training
in the "Sopana" style of performance,
from Sri. Kavalam Narayana Paniker, a veteran
in Indian theatrics.
Her Mohiniyattam is marked by extreme grace
and fluidity of movement, transmitting radiance
through movements and expressions that at
times sigh with nostalgia, purity and sanctity,
while being blessed with geometrical precision
and technical finesse.
Gopika has performed extensively at various
art festivals, sabhas and temples all over
India and she has won laurels abroad when
ICCR chose her to represent India.
Presently, Gopika is running a Mohiniyattam
school named "Dasyam" at Adyar,