Utthara Unni is a graduate in BFA. Bharathanatyam from Sastra University Thanjavur and have taken special guidance from Dr. Padma Subramaniyam. She has also learnt under various other gurus and is currently learning intricacies of Nattuvangam and Abhinaya from Saikripa Prasanna (Kalakshetra)
She has performed in more than 100 stages including Natyanjalis of Chidambaram and Thanjavur.
She has also received the Natyamayuri, Natyavilasini, Nrithyashiromani and Padmavati Pratibha Puraskar for excellence in dance.
She is currently running institutions in Bahrain as well as Mumbai called Temple Steps.
She recently won the Guru Gopikrishna National Award for Bharathanatyam from Chhattisgarh. From 3000 competitors only 15 winners got this title.
She recently received the Kerala State Film Critics best Debut award for the movie Edavappaathy directed by National award winner Lenin Rajendran and shared screen space with yesteryear actress Manisha Koirala.