Shaki (Vimala) Hari is a registered nurse and a Practise Manager by profession. She commenced her Bharata Naatyam training at the age of nine and graduated in 1993 with the Swami Shantanand Kanage Sabha award at the Temple of Fine Arts (Singapore), under the tutelage of Srimati Kaamakshi Jayaraman.
She was also trained in Odissi by Srimati Geetha Ket at the Temple of Fine Arts (Kuala Lumpur). Shaki also studied Kathak initially from Srimati Deepanjali Bedi in Perth and is now currently under the guidance of Pandit Birju Maharaj.
Shaki has performed in several major productions for the Temple of FIne Arts in various countries, taking lead roles in Odissi Odyssey, Ramayana, Vishwa Vinaayaka and Midsummer Nights Dream and also performed in Kathak presentations choreographed by Pandit Birju Majaraj.
Shaki has been teaching Bharata Naatyam for over twenty years and also assists in teaching Kathak for the past 5 years. She endeavours to inculcate her passion for dance to her students and hopes to inspire them to achieve excellence; and most of all enjoyment of this ancient art form.