Aarthi Kamalesh made her foray into the world of Indian classical dance at the age of 4 at the Temple of Fine Arts (TFA), Kuala Lumpur. She began her Bharatanatyam training under the tutelage of Radha Shetty, then began learning Odissi under the able guidance of Geetha Shankaran-Lam.
Feeling the need for more of a challenge, Aarthi began Kathak training under the tutelage of Sukhi Shetty-Krishnan and Manju Hari. She has attended several Kathak workshops by Kathak maestro, Pandit Birju Maharaj since beginning her training in 2009.
Aarthi has participated in many TFA productions locally and internationally. She currently teaches Odissi, Bharatanatyam and Indian classical dance theory at SMV. Besides having training in dance, she has also been trained in the Carnatic style of music; vocally by Sivamani Selliah and the violin in the Carnatic style by Kanagamani Vijayendra.
Aarthi is currently a full- time practicing dentist in Perth. When not dancing, teaching or practising dentistry, Aarthi enjoys immersing herself in the world of literature.