Meghna Bhardwaj (born 1987) is a dance practitioner and researcher based out of New Delhi. She had her former dance training in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance techniques at The Danceworx Performing Arts Academy, Delhi, where she also taught and performed as part of the senior repertory company. In 2013 and 2014, she received scholarships to train at Marameo, Berlin, and Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel, post which she continued to participate and perform in several dance and choreography residencies and training programmes both in India and overseas. Meghna has been an INLAKS resident at Facets 2017, Bangalore and a recipient of several tuition fee-off scholarships from World Dance Alliance, Asia-Pacific.
While writing her PhD. under the supervision of Dr. Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, Meghna continued to invest herself in dance technique and performance, as well as academically engage with the discipline of dance studies and writing. During her research, she had an opportunity to assist Bharatnatyam and Yoga exponent, and a faculty at Ashoka University, Navtej Singh Johar, in the development of Johar’s six-month Somatics technique programme, as part of which she was responsible for organising lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, guest talks, and workshops. Inspired by her training under Johar wherein she believes she got the closest to grasping a connection between language and movement that Meghna got deeply interested in developing a theory-practice interface in her own dance research and pedagogy. As a dancer, she is excited not just by physical movement of the body, but its manifestations in words, sketches, sound, and objects, and would like to examine how dance can be constructed as a research methodology that can facilitate researchers from other disciplines to incorporate their sensual experiences into the vocabulary of their textual research.