Ms. Narthaki was born in to the third gender, in Madurai, one of the oldest cities of Tamil civilization. Unfortunately modern society did not appreciate her unique God given identity. She was subject to social isolation, ridicule and poverty. However her determination and passion for dance brought her to Mr. K.P. Kittappa Pillai of Tanjavur, who agreed to take her in as a full time residential student. Ms. Narthaki stayed with him for 15 years, learnt everything she could and practiced rigorously under his supervision. She also worked as his assistant in the Thanjavur Tamil University. The Thanjavur Style that Ms. Narthaki excelled in, is not only unique and rare, but is also difficult and demanding to support her in her research and teaching. She has also been placed at 'Top Grade' status by an independent National level jury, a rare milestone only a handful have achieved. She visited USA for the 3rd consecutive year in 2006 and is in the process of finalizing her tour plans for UK and Europe.