Premalatha Thiagarajan is currently a senior lecturer and the Head of Dance Department, Cultural Centre, University of Malaya. Trained in the Indian classical dance of Bharata Natyam and Odissi, she has staged numerous dance performances and conducted workshops and lecture-demonstrations in Malaysia and abroad. She is the founder of Premalayaa Performing Arts, a company that specialises in Indian classical dance and music. She is a member of the ICTM Study Group on Ethnochoreology, World Dance Alliance (WDA) and the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS). Through her numerous research publications, she has pioneered the study on Indian dance in Malaysia.