Raka Bandyo was born and raised in a Brahman family in Michigan. She is the first generation of her family to be born and raised in the United States. While growing up she always 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, 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. She studied Mechanical Engineering and Materials to a post graduate masters level in the beautiful woods of Upper Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior at Michigan Technological University. She works part time installing, upgrading, maintaing and optimizing hospital medical database systems. She is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, reader of Tarot, and is currently studying to be a Jyotish Vedic Astrologer. She strongly loves this world and hopes to help others nourish their bodies, minds, and spirits through reconnection with the earth and unlocking the mysteries of our karma, this world, and the universe that we all share together.