She is also a research scholar, choreographer, music composer, musician, teacher and author She is famous in India as well as abroad: several films and documentaries have been made in her honor by countries like Japan, Australia and Russia. She is a devotee of the Paramacharya of Kanchi.
Her father was a famous Indian filmmaker and her mother, Meenakshi was a music composer, and a lyricist in Tamil and Sanskrit.
She was trained by Vazhuvoor B. Ramaiah Pillai. Padma has a bachelor"s degree in Music, a Master"s degree in Ethnomusicology, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in Dance.
She has designed the sculptures of the 108 sculptures of lord nataraja and goddess parvathi in black granite for the nataraja temple at satara, an undertaking she took on bidding by the Kanchi Paramacharya. She has given lectures at various universities in south east Asia, on the subject of cultural links between India and other countries.
She has authored many articles, research papers, and books and has served as a non-official member of the Indo-Sub-commission for education and culture.