Drawing upon her Indo-Trinidadian roots, Rishima sings and teaches songs rooted in the Indian spiritual traditions of bhajans, kirtan, raga, and other devotional music. Rishima is a strong believer in the positive impact of music. From a young age, she studied and performed formal music in piano and violin, voice, harmonium, and some Indian percussion with local and international teachers.
Rishima has worked under the guidance of Elena Steele, Neeraja Aptikar, the Pandit Jasraj Institute in Vancouver, and the Shankar Mahadevan Academy in India. She continues to learn Dhrupad (Naad yoga – yoga of sound) an ancient meditative style of singing that originated from the Sama Veda with Manish Kumar, part of the Dagarvani lineage. Rishima has also completed a Raga Therapy certification with NADA Centre for Music Therapy, India (2019). She has sung locally and internationally at cultural and charity events, TV shows, festivals, spiritual centres, studios, temples and workshops. Rishima also teaches online in Spanish and English.
Rishima is presently an elementary school teacher in Vancouver and holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development in Inclusion and Diversity as well as a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. In her off time, she volunteers as a coordinator for the Canadian Institute of Sathya Sai Education in Human Values and is the founder of Sol Community Education Society, a society that supports rural education in Northern Peru. She is also the proud mother of 2!