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Mesma Belsaré

Mesma Belsaré is a Bharatanātyam (Indian Classical) dancer, a painter and an 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', and the Government of India scholarship for advanced training in Bharatanātyam and Indian classical music. Belsaré was trained extensively in the art of Bharatanātyam first at the Kalapadma Dance Academy in Bhopal, India under founder Sri Shankar Hombal, and thereafter at the Natya Vriksha Academy under founder Padmashri Geeta Chandran. While at the Kalapadma Academy, Belsaré secured a Diploma in Bharatanātyam with “distinction in theory and practice” from the Indira Kala Sangeet University, Khairagarh, India. She is now continuing her studies under the guidance of Dr, Maya Kulkarni in New York City. 

Belsaré's theater (acting) credits include "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), opera "The Bandit Queen" (Holy Cross College and Boston University) and "When January Feels Like Summer" (Central Square Theater, Cambridge, MA). 

Artist lectures and residencies include Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, Massachusetts 2015-16; William Patterson University, Wayne, New Jersey 2016; Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts 2011; Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York 2009; University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 2008; Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts 2007; The New School, New York, New York 2007; Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 2005; Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 2004; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

After a decade of work in education and interpretation of the exhibitions at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, she is currently also the Curator of Education at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design's "largest free space for contemporary art in New England" in Boston, Massachusetts.      Interviews:  The Huffington Post Boston EdgeMediaNetwork Lectures and Residencies: William Patterson University, Wayne, New Jersey 2015Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts 2011Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York 2009University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming 2008Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts 2007The New School, New York, New York 2007Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts 2005Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 2004Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts 2002-2004University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Massachusetts 2001 Select dance performance venues: The Asia Society (NYC) Alvin Ailey Theatre (NYC)Lincoln Center: Bruno Walter and Jazz at the Lincoln Center (NYC) Harbourfront Centre: CanAsian International Dance Festival (Toronto) Lincoln Theatre (Washington D.C.)Queens Museum, Queens, New YorkThe Boston Center for the ArtsWellesley College (MA)Emerson College (Boston) Boston UniversityMassachusetts College of Art (Boston)Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)Worcester Art Museum (MA)Tufts University (MA) Harvard University (MA) Wesleyan University (CT) The New School (NYC)The Boston Center for the ArtsRoyal Ontario Museum (Toronto)Peabody Essex Museum (MA)The University of Wyoming (Laramie)The University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth)Holy Cross College (MA)The Tsai Center (Boston University)  For more information visit:

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327 Huntington Avenue Apt 17
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Dance - Traditional
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MSAE (Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA)/ BFA (Delhi College of Art, New Delhi, India), Dance Eduction: Kalapadma Academy and Natya Vriksha Academy of Indian Dance and Music, New Delhi, India
Upasana Samman: Upasana Odissi Academy, Wilmington, MA (2010), Artist Fellowship: Cambridge Arts Council (2013), Nomination: The Brother Thomas Fellowship, The Boston Foundation, Boston, MA (2009 and 2011), Award: Gender Hero of Bosto

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