Meghala Bhat Hirasave

Meghala Hirasave is a leading performing artist and teacher in the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam and Yoga (Ashtanga Vinyasa) in Melbourne, Australia.

Meghala is not only one of Dr.Vasundhara Doraswamy’s students but is also her daughter-in-law. Her tenure with Dr.Vasundhara Doraswamy began from the age of 9, where Meghala went from strength to strength to become one of her accomplished disciples.

Meghala, who has a Masters degree in Bio-chemistry also completed the Vidwath (Dance) Examination conducted by the Karnataka Secondary education Board in distinction.She was also a rank holder in the Junior Examination conducted by the Board. Shegraduated from the Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre in Mysore [India] where she worked as a senior lecturer and for the past 6 years has been the director of Art of Vinyasa – Performing Arts and Yoga institute,a branch of Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre based in Melbourne.

Meghala has participated in leading roles in most of the group productions of Vasundhara Performing Arts Centre and also presented several solo performances at various venues and cultural festivals in India and Australia including a performance in the Victorian state Parliament showcasing the Indian Classical Dance to mark the Indian Independence Day. Her lucid expressions and talent have earned her acclaim from connoisseurs and several renowned critics.

Meghala was featured in Michel Lawrence’s project “Indian Aussies” which was officially launched in Delhi and Melbourne during the Commonwealth Games 2010 to celebrate the lives of the more than 300,000 Indians who have made Australia their home.

She has to her credit of being the only Indian artiste to have performed at the Global Dialogue Foundation held in Melbourne in collaboration with the United Nations in the presence of its High Representative for Alliance of Civilizations – Mr Jorge Sampaio (formerPresident of Portugal).

She has represented the Indian arts community during the Multicultural week celebrations organized by the City of Ballarat and has worked closely with the City of Ballarat on various occasions. She was also featured in their Annual magazine.

Meghala has held the position of the founding Secretary and Advisor for Dance in FIMDV (Federation of Indian Music and Dance -Victoria) from 2010 – 2013 and was instrumental in bringing together several dance and music institutions and conducting the Festival of Indian Fine Arts. She is an active participant within the Australian-Indian community and has played a strong role in regular undertakings with an aim to share traditional and cultural awareness among new generations in multicultural Victoria. Meghala initiated a classical Dance Festival – Dance Mela to celebrate International Dance Day for the first time in the City of Melbourne, bringing classical artistes from various communities together to use dance as a medium to understand and appreciate each other’s culture, tradition and build strong bonds of harmony.