Mesma Belsare / Tanya and Puneet Panda

Sunday July 8th at 5 pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center

Opening performance by Tanvi and Puneet Panda

Featured performance by Mesma Belsare
Described by The New York Times as “a tour de force” and by The Dance Current Magazine as “as mesmerizing as staring into the heart of a fire”, Mesma Belsaré is a dancer, painter and actor. She studied Bharatanātyam at the Kalāpadma Academy (Bhopal, India) and the Nātya Vriksha Academy of Performing Arts (New Delhi, India), and is currently continuing her studies with Maya Kulkarni in New York City. Belsaré is recipient of the Cambridge Arts Council’s Artist-Grant, the Government of India scholarship for advanced training in Bharatanātyam and Indian classical music, and the New England Foundation for the Arts DANCE grant. Solo dance performance venues include 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). Artist-residencies, lectures and performance venues include Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA 2015-17; William Patterson University, Wayne, NJ 2016; Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 2010; Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA 2011; Marymount Manhattan College, New York City 2009; University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY 2008; Emerson College, Boston, MA 2007; The New School, New York City 2007; Tufts University, MA 2005, and the Boston University, MA 2004. Theater/Acting credits include When January Feels Like Summer and A Christmas Carol (Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA), Gehri Dosti: five short plays with a South Asian Bent [Harvard University and Wellesley College, Circle East, NYC (choreographer)], Tughlaq (Harvard University), Dance Like a Man (Triveni, New Delhi and Harvard University) and the opera The Bandit Queen (Holy Cross College and Boston University). Having studied classical Bharatanātyam, Carnatic and Hindustani music, painting, theater, and both Indian and European aesthetics, Belsaré’s work derives inspiration from performing and visual arts alike.