She is the recipient of the prestigious “Bharatha Ratna” title from the Minsitry of Culture, Government of Sri Lanka. She also is the recipient of the titles “Natya Ranjini”, “Natya Tharakai”, “Swamyam Prakasha Narthaki” and “Narthana Shironmani”.
is a doyen of the Vazhuvoor style of Bharathanatyam. Having trained directly under the legend Vazhuvoor Shri Ramaiah Pillai, Sarasama has the distinct credit of being the first female nattuvangam artiste in the field of Bharathanatyam. She established her school “Sarasalaya” in the 1960s in Chennai and also had branches in Coimbatore and Trichy. She has trained well over 10000 students who carry forward her legacy till date across the globe.
is a well-known name in the dance circles of Karnataka. She trained in this art form from Kalaimamani Palaniswamy Pillai. She has traversed the last 5 decades learning, teaching and helping several young artistes experience this beautiful art form. She runs her dance school ‘Padmalaya Dance Foundation’ in Bengaluru which trains several young aspiring students. She is instrumental in encouraging talent through her dance festivals – Youth in Dance and IDA.
“…impressed the audience with her serene recital .She performed the swarajathi with elegance.”– The Indian Express.
“….a tall physique and charming stage presence. She has a firm stamping of her feet. She fared well in both aspects of dance nrita and abhinaya.”– The Hindu
“…The artiste worked very hard to present a varied and joyous production. Poornima Kaushik's sense of fun was conveyed to the audience.”– Richard Turner, Nathaki
“The graceful body bends and the feet aligned in a straight line for the adavus were impressive in Poornima’s portrayal of Lord Muruga, Skanda and Shanmukha. Poornima’s picture of the quips and pranks of Lord Krishna was an extension of herself beyond the technical niceties to communicate with the viewer. Kudos Poornima!”– T.K.Ganapathy,The Hindu
“Poornima Kaushik’s performance was marked by an expressive ease..The dancer conveyed the ideas and bhavas of the themes with ease, aided by her expressive face. The meenakshithalattu, a composition of Sri Sai in Neelambari was the highlight, wherein the dance communicated the essence of vatsalya bhava beautifully.”– V.V.Ramani,The Hindu
“Kaleidoscope of art forms. Poornima’s dance was full of mature bhavas.”– B.Ramadevi,The Hindu