Growing up in two worlds, within an Indian - Trinidadian family in Canada, Rishima began singing spiritual Indian songs in the temple traditions of bhajans, kirtan and other devotional styles at a young age. She went on to study classical Raga within the traditional gharana system of instruction, often staying at her spiritual guru’s ashram to listen to lectures, sing, and engage in spiritual practices.

In 2016, her world was changed by the discovery of Dhrupad, an ancient, meditative style of Indian classical singing that originated from the Sama Veda. This led her to a deep connection with Nāda Yoga—the Yoga of Sound. Her goal as a teacher is to make the intricacies and beauty of classical Raga and traditional bhajans accessible to all, and to spark love within ourselves through sound.

She is a strong believer

in the positive impact of music.

She has sung at local cultural and charity events, yoga centres, TV interviews, festivals locally and internationally, weddings, spiritual centres, temples and workshops. Rishima also teaches locally and internationally online in Spanish and English. Rishima is a strong believer in the positive impact of music. She is presently an elementary school teacher in Vancouver, Canada. She holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Development 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!

Partial proceeds of all lessons and performances go towards the school she runs as the director of Sol Community Education Society. For more information about the society please go here

Select Past Performances in Canada, India, and Peru

Musical Education

Dhrupad with Manish Kumar, part of the duo Dhrupad Bandhu, Dagarvani Gharana

Raga Therapy certification with NADA Centre for Music Therapy (India)

Hindustani Vocal training: Neeraja Aptikar, Shankar Mahadevan Academy and presently Ajivasan working towards a Prayag Sangeet Samhiti.

Sathya Sai Baba Centres of Vancouver and India

Western Music: Vocals with Elena Steele, Piano, Orff Level 1 and 2


Guest Teacher: Ayurvastu (Chile), Yoga Outreach (Vancouver), First Nations Women’s Yoga Initiative (BC), Karma Teachers (Vancouver), Mā Yoga (Victoria), Ajna Yoga Studio and Yoga Therapy Studio and College (Victoria)

Beloved Festival - Tidewater, Oregon USA, Grassroots Yoga Festival, Chariot Festival Pre-Show, Krishna Lounge, Vancouver Yoga Festival (UBC), AMSSA Health Fair, Vancouver telethons and fundraisers

Labyrinth in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Vancouver

Nada Yoga - Yoga of Sound - Kupuri Yoga, Mexico

Day of Inner Peace Dhrupad and Bhajan performance, Inkarri Vancouver

Day of Inner Peace Dhrupad and Bhajan performance, Inkarri Vancouver

Richmond Culture Days, Richmond Museum

Nada Yoga - Yoga of Sound - Salt Spring Centre of Yoga

Celebration of Lights at Banyen Books and Sound

Talk "Evolución de la Música Clásica y Folkórica a la Música Moderna y Bollywood," at the Universidad de San Marcos, Peru

Master class of Indian Music , Casa Vrinda, Peru

Bhajan Workshop, Sathya Sai Centre Ari, Peru

TV Interview on "Sobre el Tapete" with Silvia González, Capital TV Peru

TV Interview on "A Mi Manera" with Patricia Salinas, TVPeru, Febrero

Sathya Sai Centres (weekly sessions and festivals)

Nepal House Society Fundraiser

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Festival of Voice with Elena Steele

Prashanti Nilayam, India - various occasions from 1997 - 2010


"I am Laura from Argentina, in 2020 I started taking courses with Rishima, yoga of voice, Raga, Dhrupad, and every day I feel more in love with the music of India. Rishima teaches us about music, her culture, her customs and I personally became passionate listening to her sing and teach. She is very clear in explaining and she sends us all the material which is much easier to study. I really recommend her courses, because in addition to learning, each class is an enormous enjoyment. Thank you so much Rishima!"

Laura - Argentina

"I recommend Rishima with all my heart, as a teacher, I did some courses with her and I am delighted! I wanted to learn with a woman from India, hear her sing and play, I loved her way of wanting to teach others everything she knows... The first course with her was "Fundamentals of Indian singing and raga", then I did something from "Naad Yoga".....Carnatic singing, where she had her friend Aishwaria as a guest....And also "Introduction to dhrupad".... Rishima is so natural, she explains herself very well both in English and in Spanish. I'm waiting for the list of your next courses, I'm sure I'll sign up for some of them. NAMASTE!"

Gabriela - Spain

"I love Rishima’s approach to learning. I felt at ease about challenging concepts and I felt that I could ask her any questions I had. She is very knowledgable and  provided great resources. She is a wonderful and supportive teacher and I’m grateful to know her.”

Lucy St. John - Canada
MEd, Lead Co-Director of Whole Body Paradigm, E-RYT 500

"I had to take your courses virtually and what I always admired was your dedication in every step, your explanations and the additional material that complemented everything was learned. I hope to have time soon to resume the course, as it always gives me great peace of mind and brings me closer to the culture that I love so much."

Renata - Argentina

"Rishima is an incredibly talented, devoted, and skilled musician. Her connection to sacred music helped me reconnect to my Indian roots and I am so grateful for her teachings!"

Emmy - Canada

"I have taken different courses with Rishima and each one has been a great experience. Thanks to her I have learned more about the worldview, spirituality and the music of India. I consider that she is a great person and that she does each class with great dedication and love."

Renata - Argentina
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