The Artists

As an accomplished and dedicated artist of Bharatanatyam, a celebrated Indian classical dance form, Megha has over 20 years of experience both as a performer and as a teacher. She is a Graded Doordarshan Artist and currently serving as the Board of Directors of Downtown Bentonville Inc.

In recognition of her contribution to the performing arts in Northwest Arkansas, she was recently awarded a grant by Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, to support her Dance production – ‘Baala – tale of Kanha’

Since 1996 she has performed 1000+ dance performances across India and the US, some of them nationally significant events such as Nrityotsav-Mumbai, West Bengal Tourism Festival Calcutta, Pallavothsav Mysore, Navaraspur Utsav Bijapur, Hampi Utsav, India Fest – Little Rock, 21st TANA Conference -St louis, NAVIKA- Cincinnati, OH.

Over the past decade, Megha has captivated the hearts of audiences across the Central U.S at multiple venues. She has extended her creative journey in choreography combining many Indian dance forms. Uniquely conceptualized and choreographed productions like NAVARASA MARGAM, THE EXILED KING, ARDHANAREE and BAALA-TALE OF KANHA.

As Artistic Director she currently runs the ‘Dhirana Academy of Classical Dance’ based in Bentonville Arkansas, training over a hundred students in the US every year in Bharatanatyam. She also works with school districts and other organizations to bring Bharatanatyam to the community. Her goal is to Bridge the gap between society and the classical art form by inspiring, educating and guiding budding talent. She often collaborates with like-minded artists across different genres of music and performing arts, expanding the vocabulary while staying true to the art form. Team Dhirana is a staple at various community and social events across the region.