Uthra Ramachandran Poornima (Uthra) is StoryArtist using her Dance to share her stories. She was born in Hyderabad, India, to parents of Tamil origin. She spent her formative years in Botswana, Africa. She commenced training in the Vazhuvoor style of Bharata Natyam under Smt. Hema Rajaraman at the age of five and was presented in her Arangetram in 1998, before migrating to Australia with her family in 1999.  In 2001 Poornima joined the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy and continued training in Bharata Natyam and Odissi. Since 2007 she has focused solely on Odissi and has performed in several productions including Rasanubhava (2008), Odissi Nritya Lahari (2009), and at the Parliament of World Religions (2009) and the Carnatic Music Circle's Emerging Artist concert (2010). She has also performed with the Jambudvipa Ensemble in Geeta Govinda (2014), presenting a solo work for which she was awarded a 'Best Overall Performance' award in 2015. Poornima is a lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Poornima is also the mother of two young children. 

Uthra Ramachandran

Poornima (Uthra) is StoryArtist using her Dance to share her stories.

She was born in Hyderabad, India, to parents of Tamil origin. She spent her formative years in Botswana, Africa. She commenced training in the Vazhuvoor style of Bharata Natyam under Smt. Hema Rajaraman at the age of five and was presented in her Arangetram in 1998, before migrating to Australia with her family in 1999. 

In 2001 Poornima joined the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy and continued training in Bharata Natyam and Odissi. Since 2007 she has focused solely on Odissi and has performed in several productions including Rasanubhava (2008), Odissi Nritya Lahari (2009), and at the Parliament of World Religions (2009) and the Carnatic Music Circle's Emerging Artist concert (2010). She has also performed with the Jambudvipa Ensemble in Geeta Govinda (2014), presenting a solo work for which she was awarded a 'Best Overall Performance' award in 2015.

Poornima is a lawyer and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. Poornima is also the mother of two young children. 

Sherry-Rose Bih Watts Sherry-Rose is a StoryArtist using her Music and Singing to share her stories. She is a young woman currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations at La Trobe University. With an intense love of life fuelled by her passion for people, music and the empowerment of women and girls. Sherry-Rose is always seeking new and engaging ways to experience, blend and share with others. She has worked and volunteered in a number of roles including being a peer educator on the issue of forced marriage with Red Cross Australia, a Youth Activist with Plan International Australia as part of their Because I Am A Girl campaign and is currently a Shout Out Speaker with Centre for Multicultural Youth and a Brimbank Youth Ambassador. Inspired by her experiences and personal self –love journey, as a performer and singer-songwriter Sherry-Rose loves to weave tales and lessons through music to be shared with diverse audiences.

Sherry-Rose Bih Watts

Sherry-Rose is a StoryArtist using her Music and Singing to share her stories.

She is a young woman currently studying a Bachelor of International Relations at La Trobe University. With an intense love of life fuelled by her passion for people, music and the empowerment of women and girls.

Sherry-Rose is always seeking new and engaging ways to experience, blend and share with others. She has worked and volunteered in a number of roles including being a peer educator on the issue of forced marriage with Red Cross Australia, a Youth Activist with Plan International Australia as part of their Because I Am A Girl campaign and is currently a Shout Out Speaker with Centre for Multicultural Youth and a Brimbank Youth Ambassador.

Inspired by her experiences and personal self –love journey, as a performer and singer-songwriter Sherry-Rose loves to weave tales and lessons through music to be shared with diverse audiences.

Hope Dolino  Hope is a StoryArtist using her Spoken Word Poetry to share her stories.  Hope is a recent international student graduate and a qualified Social Worker. After a failed marriage at a young age, she has found the value of self-love in the support of family and friends and the influence of inspiring people who have gone through worse in life. Hope has leveraged her pain in developing and helping herself become a better person. Passionate in empowering individuals explains her current role in helping students gain workplace experiences, on top of her extra-curricular activities that involve working with disadvantaged groups. Hope always challenges herself and continues to love life despite its hardships. She continues to engage in multiple creative channels to express, not to impress, and connect with humanity.

Hope Dolino 

Hope is a StoryArtist using her Spoken Word Poetry to share her stories. 

Hope is a recent international student graduate and a qualified Social Worker. After a failed marriage at a young age, she has found the value of self-love in the support of family and friends and the influence of inspiring people who have gone through worse in life.

Hope has leveraged her pain in developing and helping herself become a better person. Passionate in empowering individuals explains her current role in helping students gain workplace experiences, on top of her extra-curricular activities that involve working with disadvantaged groups. Hope always challenges herself and continues to love life despite its hardships. She continues to engage in multiple creative channels to express, not to impress, and connect with humanity.