Sarasa Krishnan Deputy Vice Chancellor/ Artistic Director

Sarasa Krishnan has been blessed to be trained by many eminent dance Gurus like Pandit Birju Maharaj, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Srimati Sanjukta Panigrahi, Kumari Saswati Sen, Kumari Suryakala, Master Gopal Shetty, Shrimati Vatsala and Master Shivadas and Srimati Dipanjali Bedi. Upon request by Swami Shantanand Saraswati, she began teaching Bharata Natyam in 1987, Odissi from 1998-2000 and Kathak since 2004.

With key organisational and creative experience in festivals such as “Dance India Taste India” in Perth(1997-2002) and Swan Festival of Lights (2008-2012) and various cultural and liberal arts programs in France, Italy and locally, Sarasa was instrumental in presenting The Temple of Fine Arts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2008. Collaborating with other cultural dancers in Italy (Flamenco) and in France, Sarasa presented The Temple of Fine Arts at “Fiesta Firenze” in Florence, Italy and ‘Rasa’ in Paris, France.

Her 3 years of dance training in the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts Perth (WAAPA) has enriched Sarasa in bringing the many benefits of anatomical alignment and creative teaching techniques in dance training, to her classroom. Knowing that encouragement is vital for learning, Sarasa ensures that her classes are motivated, fun-filled sessions.

An exhibited visual artist, she has presented dance solos in dance/visual art performances in Singapore, Malaysia, USA and Europe.

Passionate about working with children and community through visual art and dance, Sarasa has also authored many of the scripts and assisted in numerous choreographies and set design for the productions of The Temple of Fine Arts International. 

She was awarded the prestigious “Natya Acharya” in 2003 by Swami Shantanand Saraswati, founder of The Temple of Fine Arts International.

Sarasa is presently working in a multidisciplinary methodology in dance, painting and metaphysics, in her doctoral studies in English and Creative Arts at Murdoch University Perth, in collaboration with academics, artists and scientists in India, Italy and France.

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