Samyuktha Punthambekar


Samyuktha Punthambekar is a versatile Indian Classical dancer, arts educator and arts manager. She is trained in the Bharathanatyam dance form from the prestigious Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai, India. Punthambekar has performed at prestigious festivals in India, U.A.E, Switzerland, Malaysia and now in Canada, where she was a senior dance teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy. She is very actively involved in the arts in Toronto and won the VACCT award in 2016 for her volunteering contributions. As an arts administrator, she has worked for Dancer Transition Resource Center and Sunny Artist Management. She received the OAC’s grant for her studies at Humber and also won the Dean’s Award and Jerry Smith Scholarship for the program in 2016. She serves as board member for Lakeshore Arts and also interned with the Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council. Currently, Punthambekar works as a Project Coordinator for Tapestry Opera. She will performing for Fall for Dance North’s Ball Passing as part of the 2017 festival.

Samyuktha Punthambekar's Work


To Our Teachers By Christina de la Cruz, Samyuktha Punthambekar, Patricia Allison

We asked you to write about your inspirational educators.

Photo by Nathan Dumlao, courtesy of Unsplash
Writers & Readers

Confined by the Calendar

By Samyuktha Punthambekar

Even in “normal” circumstances, IBPOCs follow a largely Eurocentric calendar that primarily recognizes Eurocentric festivals and holidays. Because of how this calendar dictates time off, making the time to travel and train can be nearly impossible for dance artists who can only train in their home countries.

Writers & Readers

Why I Left Toronto

By Samyuktha Punthambekar

Punthambekar describes her experiences in Toronto dance communities and why she decided to leave.

First Person

Why I left Toronto By Samyuktha Punthambekar

“The city boasts inclusivity and opportunity, but that’s not what I experienced”

On the Ground

Breathing Fresh Air

By Samyuktha Punthambekar

Samyuktha Punthambekar, an Indian classical dancer for over twenty years, interviews Ilter Ibrahimof, artistic director of Fall for Dance North, in anticipation of the festival in October.