Meghna Bhardwaj | Department of Art Design & Performing Arts


Assistant Professor
Department of Art & Performing Art
School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)
C 320 H
Block-C, Shiv Nadar University
Greater Noida Uttar Pradesh
Profile Summary 

Meghna Bhardwaj (born 1987) is a dance practitioner and researcher based out of New Delhi. She had her former dance training in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance techniques at The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy, Delhi, where she also taught and performed as part of the senior repertory company. In 2013 and 2014, she received scholarships to train at Marameo, Berlin, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel, post which she continued to participate and perform in several dance and choreography residencies and training programmes both in India and overseas. Meghna has been an INLAKS resident at Facets 2017, Bangalore and a recipient of several tuition fee-off scholarships from World Dance Alliance, Asia-Pacific.

While writing her PhD. under the supervision of Dr. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Meghna continued to invest herself in dance technique and performance, as well as academically engage with the discipline of dance studies and writing. During her research, she had an opportunity to assist Bharatnatyam and Yoga exponent, and a faculty at Ashoka University, Navtej Singh Johar, in the development of Johar’s six-month Somatics technique programme, as part of which she was responsible for organising lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, guest talks, and workshops. Inspired by her training under Johar wherein she believes she got the closest to grasping a connection between language and movement that Meghna got deeply interested in developing a theory-practice interface in her own dance research and pedagogy. As a dancer, she is excited not just by physical movement of the body, but its manifestations in words, sketches, sound, and objects, and would like to examine how dance can be constructed as a research methodology that can facilitate researchers from other disciplines to incorporate their sensual experiences into the vocabulary of their textual research.

Educational Qualifications 
School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Work Experience 
Research Assistant,
Studio Abhyas (Navtej Singh Johar),
New Delhi
Visiting Faculty,
Shiv Nadar University,
Greater Noida
Conferences (Select): 

Summer School

Global Humanities Institute (GHI)- Mellon, Crisis of Democracy Through the Prism of Cultural Trauma. Dubrovnik, Croatia July 2019.

International Council for Traditional Music World Conference (ICTM) 2019, Bangkok:

Title of the paper: Mediating ‘aspiration’ and conditions of marginal existence in the 21st century: The growing ‘hip-hop’ scene among the youth of Indian slums

IGNITE 2016, New Delhi:

Title of the conference: “Form, Identity, Dissent”

Title of the paper presented: “Politics as Aesthetics: Analysing ‘performatives’ in the context of JNU protest”

IFTR Stockholm, 2016, Choreography and Corporeality Working Group:

Title of the conference: “Presenting the Theatrical Past. Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses, and Practices”.

Title of the paper presented: “Debating the ‘Modern’ in the Indian context: Reflecting on Dance History and Changing Aesthetics of Dance in India”

Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge symposium 2015, World Dance Alliance, Singapore

Title of the symposium: “Connectivity through Dance"

Title of the paper presented: “Configuring the ‘Contemporary’: Choreographic Processes of Navtej Johar, Padmini Chettur, and Jayachandran Palazhy”

Scholarly Activity


“Defying Rasa, Defying Melody: Body and Sound in Beautiful Thing 1 by Padmini Chettur”. In Indent Body Performative: Strategies of Resistance, Volume 1, Issue 1, November 2018.

“Politics as Aesthetics: Analyzing “performatives” in the context of the JNU protest”. In Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS online), World Dance Alliance, September 2018.

"Debating Modern and Post-modern in the Indian context: Reflecting on dance history and changing aesthetics of dance in India". In Multiplos Olhares Sobre Processos Descoloniais nas Artes Cenicas, edited and translated by Ana Carolina Mundim, Paco Editorial, 2017. 

 “Let us change the world! Slogan-raising bodies in the JNU student protest”. In Ligament (Attakalari, Bangalore), volume 2, issue 2, November 2016.

“Configuring the ‘Contemporary’: Choreographic Processes of Navtej Johar, Padmini Chettur, and Jayachandran Palazhy”. In Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship (JEDS online), World Dance Alliance, September 2016.

India Chapter Reports, World Dance Alliance, Asia-Pacific Channels, 2016, 2017, 2018.


Warm up and other contemporary dance techniques. Workshops at Performing Arts Department, Presidency University, Calcutta. September 2018

 The Found Stage: Sound and Site, in collaboration with Marcel Zaes and  Laura Gati, Nachom Arts Foundation, Manipur, August 2018.

 “Writing as Movement-making”. Workshop. At Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University, Sonipat. April 2018.

 Practice-Theory Interface workshops and lectures at School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU. March 2018.

“Reviewing Paris is Burning”. Lecture. At Performing Arts Department, Ashoka University, Sonipat. February 2018.

Dance and Movement workshop. Dance Round Table, January 2018, Taipei.

“Discussing Choreographies of Gender by Susan Foster”. Lecture. At School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Summer 2017.

Working with People of Parkinson’s. Dance Workshop. Asia-Pacific Bridges, WDA Singapore, 2015

Dance and Movement workshop. Dance Bridges Festival, Kolkata, 2015

Workshops/Masterclasses attended

Somatics with Navtej Singh Johar (November 2016- April 2017), New Delhi.

Condoco Dance Company, UK (2016), Delhi.

Sarah Foster Proull (Newzealand), Choreolab (2015), LaSalle College, Singapore.

Sankar Venkateswaran and Preethi Athreya- Choreography, GSDR (2015), Delhi

Marina Collard (UK)- Body Conditioning and Choreography, GSDR (2015), Delhi.

Padmini Chettur, Crawlimal (IGNITE 2015), Delhi

Rina Schenfeld- Material as Tools (2014), Israel

Yaniv Abraham- GAGA technique (Batsheva Dance Company) (2014), Israel

Dorry Aben- FloorWork (Vertigo Dance Company) (2014), Israel

Maria Bauman, Curt Haworth, Rodger Belman- Composition (2014), American Dance Festival, WDA China

Two-day ACRO YOGA WORKSHOP with Tobi T (2012), Delhi

THE BAD BOYS OF DANCE headed by Raasta Thomas (2012), Delhi

Suresh Shetty, National School of Drama (2012), Delhi

Vangelis Legakis- FLYING LOW TECHNIQUE (2012), Delhi

The National Dance Company of Wales (2011), Delhi

Mandeep Raikhy- Laban Contemporary Technique (2010), Delhi


Dance Journey Program, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel, February- June 2014.

Marameo, Berlin, October to December 2013

Taipedia Dance Festival, Taiwan, 2011


Facets Choreographers’ Residency, Attakkalari Biennial 2017

Choreolab, World Dance Alliance, Singapore 2015

Gati Summer Dance Residency, Delhi 2015

American Dance Festival, Henan, China 2014


 Marcel Zaes (Brown University), Sound and visual artist/scholar, Bangalore January 2017, Delhi June- August 2018

Vinny Bhagat, Shivnakaun Collective, Delhi 2015

Harshvardhan Kadam, Inkbrushnme, Goa 2015

Gitanjali Art Gallery, Goa 2015

Rafael and Tai, I-Chair Project, Israel 2014

Henrik Ibsen Production, JNU, Delhi, 2013


Edges (beams): Created in collaboration with sound artist Marcel Zaes, in support of Prohelvetia- Swiss Arts Council, New delhi. The work was premiered at Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, August 2018.

Edges (beginnings): Created over and premiered at FACETS (2017), Attakkalari, Bangalore. The work has been performed at DRT 2018 (Dance Round Table Project) Taipei, and March Dance 2018, Chennai.

Edges (solo): Created over and premiered at Gati Summer Dance Residency (2015), Delhi. The work has been performed at Dance Bridges Festival 2015 (WDA), Kolkata; INSIDE/OUTSIDE Evening   (2016),   Natya   Ballet   Centre,   Delhi;   Invisible   Cities (Community Centre Performance evenings) (2016), Lost and Found Trust, Delhi

Edges (duet): Created over Artist-in-Residence (2016), Gati Dance Forum, Delhi. The work was premiered at/ nominated for PECDA 2016 (Prakriti Excellence Awards for Contemporary Dance), and performed at Kalakshetra, Chennai.


the extremities of a surface are lines choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy, commissioned by Goethe Institut- Max Mueller Bhavan, premiered in Delhi, December 2018.

Here There, Choreographed by Miss. Ahn-Ae-Soon, Ex-director of Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. The work was commissioned by and presented at Asia Culture Centre, Korea, in November 2018. The work was recently performed at MODAFE 2019, Seoul, Korea.

Pray, choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy, commissioned by and presented at Goethe-Institut- Max Mueller Bhawan, Delhi, August 2018.

Savdhan!, Choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy, presented at the Regimes of Truth Exhibition (Gujral Foundation and Gati Dance Forum), April 2018, Delhi.

Long Nights of Resistance, Choreographed by Mandeep Raikhy, Gati Dance Forum, Delhi, July 2017

Curatorial Experience

Co-curated Edges Trilogy: a combination of live performance, films, and textual installation (a body of works by Meghna Bhardwaj) with Padmini Chettur, March Dance 2018, Chennai.

Co-curated Abhyas Somatics Lab with Navtej Singh Johar. Goethe-Institut, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi, April 2017.