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.
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”