'...a tour de force.'
The New York Times
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."
Mesma Belsaré's 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, a BFA from Delhi College of Art and a Masters in Art Education from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, USA.
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.
Besides being a dancer, Mesma Belsaré is a trained visual artist.
Her preferred medium is oil; she also paints in watercolors, ink and the digital medium.
Belsaré studied visual arts at the Delhi College of Art, New Delhi, India and at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, U.S. She has exhibited in Toronto, New Delhi, New York City and Boston.
Belsaré currently lives and works in New York, United States.