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.