Gopika was initiated to Classical dance under the tutelage of Salem Shri.Srinivasan Pillai in the Pandanallur style. She proceeded to study under the guidance of Mrs.Ponni Balasubramaniam, one of the foremost students of the legendary Shri.T.Balasaraswathi for nine years. Currently she is a Master class student under the tutelage of Dr.A.R.Shreedhara, who is Guru Narmada’s student. She actively performs and adds to her repertoire learning the dynamics from dance exponents’ from time to time.
Gopika has a PhD in Medical and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Madras. In the USA, she has worked at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston as a Project Director and also as a NIH and NIC Fellow in M.D.Anderson Cancer Center. She specializes in integrating Qualitative and Quantitative analysis in order to obtain a holistic perspective in medicine.