Born in a village Venkatachalapuram near Theni,a town in Southern India,Rathika has always had a fierce connect with the drama of nature.Now she is based in Chennai. An MBA/Computer Engineer, she was drawn towards the photographic capture of this drama as a career in 2003 at Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Rathika is arguably one of India's foremost wildlife photographers. She is passionate about birds and is specializing in bird photography. In documenting birds through her photographs, she has developed a style of technical excellence combined with a captivating story. She has travelled to most of the National parks in India, and has also been to national parks in Africa. For wildlife photography is not only for her a passion, but a powerful medium to help conserve nature. She is a member of (NPS)Nikon's Professional Services. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications as well as exhibitions. She regularly conducts wildlife photography workshops and holds talks all over India. She has served on the jury panel for national and international Photography competitions.She loves to shoot Indian forest, as she believes India has one of the best Fauna and Flora .She clicks her pictures with the motto: Every time I press the shutter ,it's one step closer to Mother Nature.
In September 2005, she participated in the "Clean Ganga Campaign" and exhibited her work at the India International Center, New Delhi along with her photographer friends. In 2007, she worked on the calendar for the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University that featured birds of the campus, New Delhi. She was selected as one of the top bird photographers in India by ‘Birds of India’ in 2008.2010 February- Rathika published her first photo book on "Bird photography" Photo book collection of her best images.2014 Rathika published her "The Best of Wildlife Moments", a photo book of wildlife moments from her collection.
Feb 2015 Rathika has been conferred the "Inspiring Icon Award" from the prestigious Sathyabama University, Chennai.
June 2015 She has been conferred the ICF( The International Camera Fair)award for the outstanding performance and achievements in wildlife photography.
2015 Rathika is one of the jury for 4th National Photography Awards, organized by Photo Division Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, New Delhi, on 20th March 2015.
Rathika is among the founding members of the Photography Arts Association of India.
2016 She was invited to be one of the Jury for the Siena International Photo awards, and URBAN 2016 Photo Awards, Italy.