'...a tour de force.'
The New York Times
Mesma Belsaré is an Indian classical dancer, painter and actor based in Boston, MA.
Her professional dancing career over two decades includes solo performances at the Lincoln Center (NYC), Asia Society (NYC), Alvin Ailey Theater (NYC), The Lincoln Theater (Washington D.C.), Siri Fort (New Delhi) and the Harbourfront Centre (Toronto). She is a recipient of the Cambridge Arts Council's 'Artist-Grant', The New England Foundation of the Arts' "Dance Fund", and the Government of Delhi, India scholarship for advanced training in Bharatanātyam and Indian classical music.
Belsaré was trained extensively in the art of Bharatanātyam at the Kalapadma Dance Academy in Bhopal, India by Sri Shankar Hombal, and thereafter at the Natya Vriksha Academy, New Delhi, India by Padmashri Geeta Chandran. She received a Diploma in Bharatanātyam from Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh, India, and a BFA degree from Delhi College of Art.
Since completing graduate school in Boston, Belsaré is continuing her studies under Maya Kulkarni in New York City with whom she is co-creating new dance works.
Theater credits include A Christmas Carol and When January Feels Like Summer (Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA); Gehri Dosti: five short plays with a South Asian Bent (Harvard University, Wellesley College, Circle East, NYC [choreographer]); Tughlaq (Harvard University); Dance Like a Man (Harvard University); and opera The Bandit Queen (Holy Cross College and Boston University).
Belsaré, with a lifelong immersion in classical Bharatanātyam, music, visual arts and theater, derives inspiration from performing and visual arts alike.
photo : Iory Allison
"A unique aspect of Mesma's performance is that you never know what will happen next. She transcends all mediums using an emotionally stirring blend of personal narrative, creative expression, and audience interaction."
"Watching her dance, paint, and sing was an eye opener for the need of expression as a way of explaining and exemplifying one's identity. Her creation of art in all forms focused on an idea so humanistic that forced me as the audience to reflect and connect with art in my own life."
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Mesma Belsaré is the co-founder of Samväd in Boston, Massachusetts along with Odissi dancer Priya Bangal.
Next Samvād gathering will be in January, 2020. Contact Mesma for information on meetings.
Samvād is a forum for professional artists and committed practitioners of classical Indian dance and music in the Greater Boston area to meet and interact in an informal environment.
Samvād aims to create a space for artists to come together to converse, evaluate and reflect outside of the framework of collaboration for performances. Samvād invites critical discussion on aesthetic values and artistic goals, and provides a sounding board for artists who seek a creative community. While sharing of one's creative process is encouraged, Samvād is not a platform for formal presentations and performances.