began his Odissi training, at age five, with his mother Kirpal Kaur Goraya, who taught him the basics and the conventional framework of Odissi.
He then advanced his Odissi training with Padmashree Madhavi Mudgal at Gandharv Mahavidalaya in New Delhi, acquiring a new perspective on Odissi through Madhavi's structured and methodical approach. In 1992, Sam migrated to Melbourne, Australia and worked as a resident artist with the Australian government funded Bharatam Dance Company, directed by Dr Chandrabhanu for eleven years. These works involved Odissi, Bharata-Natyam and contemporary dance. Over the recent years, Sam has collaborated with Guru Bichitrananda Swain at the Rudrakshya Foundation to create and perform in exceptional productions. Sam has extensively studied Koodiyattam Sanskrit Theatre, an art form that has been recognised by UNESCO. Sam also has four Masters degrees and a PhD in Mathematics and Oceanography.
commenced his Odissi training at the age of fifteen and is a disciple of Guru Bichitrananda Swain and is an emerging dancer at the Rudrakshya Foundation.
He completed his Masters of Philosophy in Bhubaneswar, Odissi at Utkal University of Culture. Santosh has an appealing stage personality with strong technical virtuosity. Santosh Ram has performed in many prestigious national and international festivals. His international tours with the Rudrakshya Foundation include Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea and China (Beijing). Santosh is a recipient of the Senior Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture in New Delhi, India.
is an upcoming dancer and a disciple of Guru Bichitrananda Swain at Rudrakshya Foundation.
He began his Odissi training under the tutelage of his mother. He then went on to train under the guidance of various prominent Odissi Gurus in India. He has received several awards for his performances at various national and international festivals in Australia, New Zealand, USA, France, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea and China (Beijing). He is a recipient of the Senior Scholarship awarded by the Ministry of Culture in New Delhi, India. Samir has an amazing dance style and stage persona, with the ability to bring the Odishan temple sculptures alive.
Kundalini – The Awakening, is Sam’s new work for release in 2020 in Australia and New Zealand. This performance will express the latent energy that resides in all human beings, which can be evoked to rise and transform the chakras to a higher awakened state. Odissi’s unique spiritual aspect offers dancers to balance masculine (Tandava) and femine (Lasya) energies to attain this higher state of consciousness.
Audiences will be treated to an opportunity to see a dance form rarely performed, especially by men. Sam believes that the purpose of dance is not just to entertain but also to impart knowledge. In modern day post colonial India, male and female roles and identities are shifting due to economic and social reasons, which have resulted in a greater number of male dancers emerging.
This performance will support Santosh and Samir, two exceptionally talented artists from an underprivileged background to perform on a world stage and afford them the opportunity to showcase their talent and to educate audiences about the Odissi dance form, ensuring that this tradition is never lost.