Cultural ActivistThe Founder and Managing Trustee of The Aseema Trust, VR Devika is known for her passion for traditional performing arts and education. She conducts regular workshops on peace education and communication skills for students and teachers. Her list of awards include the Kalasevabharathi for contributions to arts and education, Gnanasamudhra, Satya Vimarshaka Sundaram, Karnataka Rajyothsava award, a lifetime achievement award from the Amir Khusro music academy as well as an honorary citizenship from the Governor of Maryland (USA). The list of countries she has visited for conferences and lectures seems almost endless and includes Cambodia, Finland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and Sweden. A former school teacher known for her use of traditional performing arts as teaching tools, Devika continues as a member of the advisory council of Madras Craft Foundation. A Bharathanatyam disciple of the Dhananjayans, she gives lectures on the theory and practice of the dance and culture of India and is a freelance art critic contributing to leading publications. Another feather to her multicoloured hat is that she is a state government approved cultural tour guide and a story teller.