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.  

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.

 

Raymond Lim is StoryArtist using his painting and drawing to share his stories. He is a Creative Designer with over 15 years’ experience working, leading and managing marketing campaigns, both in Australia and in Malaysia. He holds a Master of Advertising and established his own design studio, RayL Creative, in 2013. RayL Creative specialises in providing creative solutions in graphic, branding, advertising and web design. A strong conceptual thinker, Raymond is an outstanding visual and strategically-focused designer. He is constantly learning and challenging his own knowledge and skill-set to increase his impact in the creative digital space. Raymond is also an active innovator and community champion. Raymond has volunteered his photography and designing skills to support many not-for-profit projects for organisations such as the City of Melbourne, Salvation Army 614 and Cooking for Charity Dinners. He believes there is an inspiring story behind every drawing or painting. Drawing and sketching his observations allows Raymond to fully live in the moment. It helps him to de-stress, clear his mind and be creative all the time. He enjoys telling the story of his drawings and sketches that he has completed. In his world, imaginations do come true, and his dream is to make all imaginations become reality.

Raymond Lim is StoryArtist using his painting and drawing to share his stories.

He is a Creative Designer with over 15 years’ experience working, leading and managing marketing campaigns, both in Australia and in Malaysia.

He holds a Master of Advertising and established his own design studio, RayL Creative, in 2013. RayL Creative specialises in providing creative solutions in graphic, branding, advertising and web design. A strong conceptual thinker, Raymond is an outstanding visual and strategically-focused designer. He is constantly learning and challenging his own knowledge and skill-set to increase his impact in the creative digital space.

Raymond is also an active innovator and community champion. Raymond has volunteered his photography and designing skills to support many not-for-profit projects for organisations such as the City of Melbourne, Salvation Army 614 and Cooking for Charity Dinners.

He believes there is an inspiring story behind every drawing or painting. Drawing and sketching his observations allows Raymond to fully live in the moment. It helps him to de-stress, clear his mind and be creative all the time. He enjoys telling the story of his drawings and sketches that he has completed.

In his world, imaginations do come true, and his dream is to make all imaginations become reality.

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.

 

Wesa Chau is a StoryArtist using her intuitive power to share her stories. She is the creator of the Power Cards. She has been a senior manager at a community organisation, business owner of her own consulting company Cultural Intelligence, founder of a student organisation Australian Federation of International Students, co-founder of Poliversity an organisation to increase cultural diversity in the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and was a candidate in the Australian Federal Election for the ALP in 2013. She has been elected and appointed to many different Board positions since she was 24. Her work is recognised through a number of prestigious awards, being named Young Victorian of the Year 2010, the inductee into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2012 and more recently a finalist for Agenda Setter of the Year 2016. Aside from leadership and change management, Wesa has strong connections to Chinese philosophy, this interest in philosophy has led her to learn and practice sound meditation for more than a decade. Her Chinese name Wai Sum 慧 心 has many levels of meaning in the Chinese language, it can mean an intellectual heart, a wise heart and at the deepest level, it refers to an enlightened heart. It is also a term that is used in Buddhism to denote a heart that is able to understand the wisdom of the Buddha.

Wesa Chau is a StoryArtist using her intuitive power to share her stories. She is the creator of the Power Cards. She has been a senior manager at a community organisation, business owner of her own consulting company Cultural Intelligence, founder of a student organisation Australian Federation of International Students, co-founder of Poliversity an organisation to increase cultural diversity in the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and was a candidate in the Australian Federal Election for the ALP in 2013. She has been elected and appointed to many different Board positions since she was 24.

Her work is recognised through a number of prestigious awards, being named Young Victorian of the Year 2010, the inductee into the Victorian Women’s Honour Roll in 2012 and more recently a finalist for Agenda Setter of the Year 2016.

Aside from leadership and change management, Wesa has strong connections to Chinese philosophy, this interest in philosophy has led her to learn and practice sound meditation for more than a decade. Her Chinese name Wai Sum 慧 心 has many levels of meaning in the Chinese language, it can mean an intellectual heart, a wise heart and at the deepest level, it refers to an enlightened heart. It is also a term that is used in Buddhism to denote a heart that is able to understand the wisdom of the Buddha.

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.