Tripura Kashyap pioneered Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) in India (1990) after she studied at the Hancock Centre for Dance/movement therapy in Wisconsin, USA (1988-89) and obtained an M.A. in Psychology.
She also holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from Kalakshetra, Chennai (1984) and was a performer in the Chandralekha dance company (1985-1995). She trained in Jazz, Ballet, Modern dance, Choreography and Dance theatre at the American Dance Festival, USA (1995).
Tripura has worked as a Movement therapist at Half-way homes, Special schools, Treatment and Rehabilitation centers, Retirement homes and with individual clients for over three decades. She received fellowships from the Ashoka International Foundation and Indian Ministry of Culture for her innovations in dance therapy and contemporary dance. She authored ‘My Body, My Wisdom’ a book on dance therapy and ‘Contemporary Dance: Practices, Paradigms and Practitioners’ originally published by Penguin and Aayu publications.
She was the founder-director of Rainbow Inc (Hyderabad) and Apoorva Dance Theatre (Bengaluru) and worked collaboratively with filmmakers, visual artists and musicians on cross-art projects and performances. She was the projects coordinator for Bhoomika dance Company (Delhi) and consultant for ‘Dance-in-Education’ program at Attakkalari Center for Movement Arts (Bengaluru).
Tripura co-founded Creative Movement Therapy Association of India (CMTAI). She has conceived the ‘Therapeutic Dance-in-Education’ program and teaches on it too. She is also on the teaching faculty of Dance Movement Therapy certificate and diploma courses in Delhi, Bangalore and Pune. She is the visiting faculty of Psychology Department, Ashoka University and M.A Performance studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi.