Dr. Kavitha Balakrishnan is an art critic, poet, contemporary art researcher, art painter and art curator. Her book Keralathile Chitrakalayude Varthamanam won the state award for the best book on art in Malayalam in 2007 from Lalitha Kala Academy. Kavitha has also been awarded the SBT Sahitya Puraskaram in 2005 and an Ayyappan puraskaram for poetry in 2007.
At the age of 13 she received the Soviet Land Nehru Award for Painting while she spent the summer at the Crimean coast of the Black Sea, Ukraine (former Soviet Union) at Artek (camp)'s Inter National Young Pioneer Camp. She started her teaching career as a lecturer of Art History at College of Fine Arts Trivandrum from 1998 to 1999. Balakrishnan is currently a lecturer in Art history and Aesthetics at the Govt. College of Fine Arts in Thrissur, Kerala State, India.