My motivation behind this blog is to embrace the challenge of full expression, to freely express my thoughts on identity, belonging, and spirituality. I feel like I’m constantly processing and digesting new information that helps me understand the world and my place in it.

Born and raised in Sweden, I have lived in America half my life and am based in Alachua, Florida with my husband and daughter. Though my daughter is an infant, becoming a parent has changed my life and my approach to it. I’ve spent many years feeling conflicted about many things (read “My Background” for an example). I felt stifled within myself, unable to express my experience of life, unable to vocalize my thoughts without first checking in with the status quo.  But I don’t want that inhibition for my daughter. I want her to feel brave and able to express her mind and share her heart with us and the world. So, of course, I have to set that example. It’s empowering and challenging.

Maybe I’m finally growing up 🙂 Instead of being angry and cynical, I feel so much gratitude for my family and my life.

Here are some of the things I’m grateful to have done:

Education

University of Florida – Bachelor of Arts in English – 2012

  • Summa Cum Laude

Kalakshetra – Rukmini Devi College of Fine Arts, India – First Class Diploma – 2007

  • Highest rank in Main subject (Dance) – 2004, 2006
  • Highest rank in Overall Performance – 2007
  • Highest rank in Dissertation – 2007
  • President of the Student Organization and Hostel Committee 2005-2007
  • Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarship 2004-2007

Santa Fe Community College, FL, USA –  Associate of Arts – 2003

  • Graduated with Honors
  •  Acting Scholarship – 1 year Stipend

Publications

¨Prince Rama – Son of the Solar Dynasty- The Journey Begins.¨ – 2012

  • First volume in a three part series.
  • Bronze at the IPPY Awards in the category: Multi-cultural Non-Fiction Young Adult
  • Honorable mention in the New York Book Show
  • Finalist in the USA Book News 2012
  • Reviews:
    • With riveting language, dramatic flair, and deep psychological insight, Vrinda weaves her splendid tale. – Howard Resnick, Ph.D
    • Graphic narrative. Highly recommended. -Joshua M. Greene
    • Lovely prose, showing remarkable insight into characters and events. – Philip Lutgendorf

Life Skills

  • 3-Day Intensive – Transformative Communication – Satvatove Institute, 2003, 2010
  • 70-Hour – Advanced Personal Transformation – Satvatove Institute, 2003, 2010
  • Life Mastery Program – 4 Months, Satvatove Institute, 2012
  • Volunteer Staff – Transformative Communication/Advanced Personal Transformation, Satvatove Institute, 2012
  • Bhakti-Shastri Degree (Vedic scriptures) from the Vaishnava Institute for Higher Education (VIHE), 2000
  • Thesis work on “Nangiarkoothu in the 21st Century – A Glimpse of an Ancient Female Performer.” – 2005

Dance/Movement/Music:

  • 10-day Gaga Dance Intensive, University of Florida, 2012
  • Laban Movement Analysis course, University of Florida, 2012
  • 5-day Yoga Immersion with Shiva Rea – 2012
  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate, 2010
  • 1-year Advanced training in Bharata Natyam at Kalakshetra, India – 2008
  • 7-Day Intensive in Improvisation with Jean-Marc Hiem, 2007
  • Summer Intensives with Anapayini Jakupko & Indira Kadambi, Fl, USA 1999 – 2000
  • Annual 1-month Bharata Natyam Intensives with Uma Sundaram, India 1993 – 1997
  • 8-months touring and performing with Gaura Vani and The Mayapuris in USA, South Africa, and Australia – 2009 – 2011
  • Recording-artist – vocals on The Mayapuris album “Mridanga” top-of-charts on iTunes
  • Touring with Visvambhar Sheth 2009 – present

 

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