Born and brought up in Kerala, Jalaja secured BFA and MFA in Fine Arts from RLV College, Kochi. Through her work, she tries to trace the history of 'man' within the collective 'human' history. This history has much importance in her works. Jalaja offers a counter vision of a wide laugh and a deep cry within the canvas of many histories of man.
Her most recent exhibitions inlcude, Mattanchey, curated by Riyas Komu, Uru Art Harbour, Kochi in 2017. Dissonant Image, three solos, Gallery exhibit 320, New Delhi in 2016. Face it: HERstory, curated by Bose Krishnamachari, Kashi Art Gallery Cochin in 2014. Walking on the Planet curated by Pietro Gagliano, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy in 2015. Being in her Shoes - 'Celebrating Women's Creativity' Kalakriti Art Gallery in Hyderabad, 2015. People without Memory is a People without Future curated by Sumesh Sharam and Sererna Trinchero, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy (2013).