??The Banjara School of Dance was founded by Meher Malik in 2008, as an intiative to bring together different dancers from different styles and cultures of dance.
is not merely a dance company but an artistic shelter where different minds,bodies and souls will meet to create higher and greater levels of dance in this country.
The School works on fusing various dance forms creatively, to help the art evolve and promote belly dance in India.
and Nitisha Nanda, have represented the school on various reality shows in India like India's Got Talent, Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega and Just Dance.
lived in the Middle East (Muscat, Oman) for 17 years before moving to Delhi, India for her
further studies in fashion design.
But as life had it, Meher did not continue her studies in fashion because deep inside she wanted to explore the possibility of being a dancer.
started dancing strictly as a hobby at the age of 10 with bharatnatyam, a classical Indian dance from the state of Tamil Nadu.
studied bharatnatyam for two years and then slowly moved into experimenting with different styles like bollywood and hip hop.
Muscat, at that time, wasn't exactly the perfect place to pursue dance, since as in many Islamic countries, dance was not very big in Oman.
was constantly exposed to the Arabic language, music and culture, since she
travelled quite a bit among Middle Eastern and North African countries.
At 14, on a school trip to Cairo, was when Meher
felt an urge to study the beautiful art of bellydance.
Since then it has been a journey across various countries to study bellydance with some of the best teachers throughout London, Paris, and Egypt.
In 2008, Meher set up Banjara School of Dance
, India's largest and first professional bellydance school.
Banjara's focus is to shed light on the similarities between the Indian and Middle Eastern cultures through fusing dance forms from both worlds.
was a semifinalist on India's Got Talent, 2009 (the first season), and recently went on to being top eight on Just Dance (a reality show on the lines of So You Think You Can Dance)
In November 2012, Meher
will be the first Asian of non-Middle Eastern descent to teach a master class at the prestigious Nile Group festival, a property of Mahmoud Reda in Cairo, Egypt. www.banjaradance.com