Raka Bandyo was born and raised in an actively spiritual Brahman family in Michigan, USA. She is the first generation of her family to be born and raised in the United States. While growing up she helped her father and mother prepare for blessings and ceremonies “puja” gathering flowers and grass, food for offerings, grinding sandalwood into paste, and collecting water. She has always been enchanted by ceremony and the hymns and mantras sung in praise of God and the mystical powers of the universe.
Raka loves art and to dabble in many different medias of expression. She paints, draws, throws ceramics, plays several instruments, writes music and poetry, dances, gardens, cooks, works with henna, photography, follows the sky and creation. Her artwork is very unique and always expresses her journey, her Indian heritage, her emotion, and her need to feel things. On her journey she has studied classical Indian dance for over 30 years, Mechanical Engineering to a post graduate level, she is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, trained in Panchakarma Ayurvedic Bodywork treatments, reader of Tarot, and lifelong student of the Vedic Sciences. She works part time on hospital medical database systems while pursuing her artist and spiritual passions.
Following in the Hindu and vedic art tradition, Raka’s art and healing are directed at transporting individuals into a reality, full of wonder and bliss, where they experience the essence of their own consciousness. She strongly loves this world and hopes to help others nourish their bodies, minds, and spirits through reconnection with the earth, accepting and understanding of suffering, and unlocking the mysteries of our karma, this world, and the universe that we all share together.