Dr. Sarasa Krishnan is an Indian classical dancer, teacher, choreographer, author and visual artist who has presented solo dance performances as well as painting exhibitions in Asia, Australia, UK, Europe and USA. Collaborating with various cultural dancers in Italy (Flamenco) and in musicians in France, Sarasa created Agni- Fuego at Fiesta Firenze in Florence, Italy and Rasa in Paris, France and Shakti the Eternal Energy in Scotland., she has initiated and performed inter and intra genre choreographies using painting and dance.
Presently the artistic director of Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, she works within a multidisciplinary methodology informed by dance, painting and metaphysics and explores facets of transformation of consciousness in staged performance.
Subhashini draws inspiration from her music and conveys her experiences through art.
“Colour, Emotion and Music are the most interesting subjects for me. Being a visual artist trained in Indian classical music, my interest lies in understanding the intimate relationship between these three aspects of human experience”.
As a young artist of the 21st century she dares to experiment with new materials and techniques, whilst maintaining the essence of Indian tradition in art by introducing elements of it in her imagery, thus chartering her own course in her creations. She is greatly influenced by Ragamala miniature paintings of the 16th century, that combined music, poetry and painting to express the beauty and uniqueness of the Raga, inspiring and impelling her to eagerly try reviving that art form and find its relevance to contemporary art practice is perhaps a natural course.
With her grandfather and father both being artists, it is not surprising that Subhashini has taken to the field. Starting her quest quite early under her father Maniam Selven, she moved on to get a degree in Drawing & Painting from Stella Maris College , Madras University.
Her artistic journey continued in Singapore at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, where she pursued her Masters in Contemporary art with the University of Huddersfield, UK. A recipient of ‘Dedicated Practice Award’ in recognition of her outstanding work during the course, Subhashini continues her journey here in Perth after her move to Australia.
Subashini currently teaches South Indian Classical music and Veena at Saraswati Mahavidhyalaya, and conducts art workshops in various art centres in Perth and Fremantle.