Kala is trained classical dancer, Kala, a school dropout, entered the film industry through the influence of her brother-in-law, the choreographer Raghuram. Making her debut as an assistant choreographer at the age of 12 in 1982, she got a break during the making of Punnagai Mannan starring Kamal Hassan and Revathy, as director K. Balachander suggested Kala fill in for the busy Raghuram. She was then chosen again by Balachandar as the lead choreographer for Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989).
She has since worked in over 4000 songs in various languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Kannada, Oriya, Bengali, English, Italian and Japanese. She has referred to the "Kozhi Koovuthu Neramachu" song in Azhagan as one of her leading pieces of work and also referred actress bhanupriya as her favorite dancer. She was handed the opportunity to choreograph the Miss World 1996 beauty Pageant held at Bangalore for which she received a special award of excellence.
She became the first to start a cinematic dance school named Kala's Kalalaya which has five branches in Chennai. She manages it along with her sisters. Kala's merit is in popularizing a peculiar dance form, cobbled together with borrowings from classical, Indian folk, bhangra and western steps