• Regular columnist for Firstpost.
  • Contributor to The Hindu’s Friday Review.
  • Reviewer of Dance and Music performances for the Indian Express and later The Hindu.
  • As Projects Director of Sampradaya, Chennai, put out a monthly Newsletter. (1998-2000)
  • Deputy Editor of Sruti Magazine (1996-98)

Lakshmi is regarded a serious writer about the arts. She has written in the widely read Friday Review of The Hindu and is now a regular contributor to Firstpost.

Her writings are solidly backed by her knowledge of the arts while her academic training enables an analytic clarity. Her writings are lucid, balanced, bold and always speak of her integrity as writer. She is approached by people all over the globe to do pieces on artist, events, organisations etc. and she addresses any subject with a view of larger issues and concerns of the world of arts.

In her own words….

My tryst with journalism started when I worked at Sruti, the Arts Magazine, as its Deputy Editor and I had the privilege of interacting with Dr N. Pattabhiraman, the irrepressible Editor of Sruti.  Writing has been a lifelong passion and I started reviewing dance concerts in Chennai for the Indian Express.  I have not been afraid to call a spade a spade and have no interest in writing unless I feel i have something to say. I earned a reputation for writing without fear or favour. I have written for various publications including The Hindu, (https://www.thehindu.com/profile/contributor/Lakshmi-Sreeram-1046/) Sruti, and also specially commissioned articles like the ICCR flagship magazine Indian Horizons. http://www.iccr.gov.in/sites/default/files/journal_pdfs/Indian_Horizons_vol_60_issue3_july_sept_2013.pdf

I have been, since June 2018, writing a fortnightly column for Firstpost on a range of issues in the world of culture. Beginning with reviews of dance and music situated in the context of general musings to the Me Too movement to artists profiles, assessments, book reviews etc. https://www.firstpost.com/author/lakshmisreeram


In my journalistic writings I try to bring in my sensibilities as academic and artist. As a performer myself, I have the knowledge and the sympathy to write about music. For example, my review of T.M. Krishna’s experimental concert was very well received. https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/tm-krishna-performed-sans-mridangam-for-nadopasana/article19054932.ece

A review of a concert by Pt Mukul Shivputra. https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/music/pt-mukul-shivputras-utterly-quiet-rendition/article23602349.ece