Gita Krishna Raj, is the CEO of Maverick Fitness Studios (India); a Holistic Lifestyle coach (Level 2), from C.H.E.K institute USA; and India’s first Metabolic Typing Advisor from Health Excel UK.
Gita combines her experiences as a classical dancer of over 30 years, a powerful orator transforming lives, a spiritualist writer, an inspiring actor, an international award winning director of Television serials, a fitness professional with several international certifications, an educationist with a novel curriculum for children and her business acumen gained from her professional work at Maverick over a decade to present a holistic approach to living life. A disciple of Mahatria, her workshops inspire and transform 8 to 80 year olds to take personal responsibility to live life the infinitheism way.
As CEO of Maverick Fitness studios (www.maverickfitness.net), she has significantly contributed to the setting up of Maverick Wellness @ Work Corporate centres for several leading companies including Cognizant CTS (pan India), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tata Realty, Hexaware and Shell. Gita combines her academic background of business administration with her creative expressions evolved over several years of professional work, to lead her team at Maverick to aesthetic heights combining western organisational methods with eastern warmth and panache. As a coach, her workshops on holistic wellness have inspired, educated and motivated young and old alike.
Gita along with her husband R.Krishnaraj has conceptualised and developed ‘Maverick Fit Kids’ – a Physical Literacy education curriculum that inculcates exercise habits in school children from class 1 to 12 (www.maverickfitkids.net). Combining her rich exposure in varied fields, Gita, as program director of Maverick Fit Kids, incorporates cross curricular activities to promote the development of multiple intelligence and cognition in children using methods of embodied learning. She has also devised a curriculum on Health & wellbeing as an elective paper for undergrad students for the ShaSun School of Liberal arts.
Gita’s series ‘When Science met God…’ published in the international magazine ‘infinithoughts’ between 2007 and 2015 received the accolades and appreciation of readers from all spectra. She has designed and written the info-graphic column ‘Fit as a Fiddle’ for The Hindu Young world on behalf of Maverick (early 2014). She contributes to several National & International publications on Holistic well being including a series for ‘Food & Health’ under the title ‘Able Body, Stable Mind, Noble Soul’.
Her book titled ‘Kaivalya’ is published by GIRI and was released by Swami Athmaghanananda ji of Ramakrishna Math in a colourful function at Narada Gana Sabha, Chennai in May 2015.
Gita is also a Director of the internationally famous documentary & short film company Krishnaswamy Associates (P) Ltd (www.kaplindia.net). She has directed many Television serials for telecast both in India and abroad. She won the CERTIFICATE OF CREATIVE EXCELLENCE award at the U.S. International film and video festival from Chicago in the years 1995 & 2000. Her directorial ventures include AADELENUM JEEVANADHI & NAATYANJALI (for Singapore TV-12), VISAALAM (52-part Tamil serial, DD1, 2002-2003), BUDDHA JATAKAM (13-part Buddhist mythology) and OORARINDA RAHASIYAM 2001 (36-part short stories serial), which also featured several of her short stories. Her direction of the 52-part Tamil TV serial on the life of SWAMI VIVEKANANDA (telecast on DD Podhigai 2013-14) was a cleansing experience for artistes, technicians & audience alike. She also enjoys her stints as an editor, combining the science of rhythm, the aesthetics of vision and technological dexterity to present her ideas on the small screen.
Inspired by her parents Dr.S.Krishnaswamy and Dr.Mohana Krishnaswamy’s encouragement, Gita has performed lead roles in many of her home productions. She performed as the heroine of Krishnaswamy Associates’ Hindi Tele-film THYAGABHOOMI, a re-make of her grandfather Film Pioneer K.Subrahmanyam’s original classic banned by the British in 1938. Her performance as Kannagi in Krishnaswamy Associates’ Hindi T.V. Serial, UPASANA (based on Silappadikaram and Manimegalai) prompted Silambu Chelvar Dr.Ma.Po.Si to proclaim, “Kannagi means a person who emotes with her eyes. After seeing Gita’s performance, I wonder if the original Kannagi had eyes as expressive as hers!” Dr.Shankar Dayal Sharma, President of India, honoured her at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan for her performance. Reflecting these sentiments and press euphoria for her performance, H.E. Dr. Channa Reddy, Governor of Tamil Nadu, conferred the title ‘KAPPIYAK KALAIMANI’ on Gita. The Tamil version of this serial titled ‘AALAYAM’ was re-telecast after 20 years on DD-Podhigai in 2014.
Gita is an accomplished Bharathanatyam dancer who has been giving performances to many a distinguished audience since the age of nine, since her arrangetram in 1981. Disciple of Narasimhachari and Vasanthalakshmi, Gita has been choreographing her own dance productions for over twenty years winning rave reviews from connoisseurs and critics alike. Her performance at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the then president of India H.E Dr.A.P.J.Abdul Kalam received the approbation of that elite audience and was featured in INDRA DHANUSH a special publication of the Rashtrapati Bhavan on performing artistes. Every presentation of hers ensures elevation of the human spirit of the highest order.
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