Sam Goraya started his initial Odissi training in 1968 at the tender age of five with his mother Kirpal Kaur Goraya. She taught Sam the basics and the conventional framework of Odissi.
In 1983 Sam started his advance Odissi training with Padmashree Madhavi Mudgal at Gandharv Mahavidalaya in New Delhi. He acquired complete understanding and a new prospective on Odissi through Madhavi's structured and methodical approach. She encouraged Sam through out his tenure at Gandharv Mahavidalaya and even after through her teachings of Odissi . Bindu Juneja and Piyali De spent numerous hours training and refining Sam's technique that has a huge influence on Sam's present dancing.
Sam migrated to Melbourne, Australia in 1992 and danced with Chandrabhanu's Bharatam Dance Company for many years in various productions. These works involve Odissi, Bharata-Natyam and Contemporary art forms. Later on Sam had chosen to continue his Odissi training with Monica Singh at Dance House Carlton in order to retain his preferred Odissi style of Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra.
Sam attended a workshop in Koodiyattam and gained valuable understanding of Navarasa under the guidance of eminent Guru Venu G at Ammannur Chachu Chakyar Saraka Gurukulam in Kerala. The focus of the workshop was to link each Rasa with the position of ones breath in a human body. Sam continues to practise Navarasa Sadhana in his own time.
Lately Sam has spent many months at Rudrakshya Odissi Foundation working closely with Guru Bichitrananda Swain and creating some exceptional new works under his well informed guidance.
Apart from his four Masters degrees he gained his Ph.D. in the field of Mathematics and Oceanography.