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This profile was last updated on 7/19/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Director of the Largest Belly Dan...

Local Address: Delhi, India
Company Description: Banjara also promotes folk, classical, oriental and gypsy dance forms.
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Bios 2013-Featured performers and presentors | Theatrical Bellydance Conference | New York City
theatricalbellydance.com, 19 July 2013 [cached]
??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. Banjara 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. Meher Malik 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.
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??Meher Malik 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. Meher started dancing strictly as a hobby at the age of 10 with bharatnatyam, a classical Indian dance from the state of Tamil Nadu. She 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. But Meher 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 realized she 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. Meher 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
Magna Gopal, Milton Lopes, Michelle ...
www.omansalsafestival.com, 5 Oct 2011 [cached]
Magna Gopal, Milton Lopes, Michelle Castro, Zinthiya & David, Mila Tenorio, Samantha & Nayan, The Mo Brothers from Salsa Tribal Jam - Dubai,Chris, Walid Tebarki, Lourd Vijay , Alexandros Iacovides , Aasim Rady, Naida Akaeva, Dorsai Khaghani,Melody & Ebru , Sami 'Suave' Dalwai, Meher Malik, Katia Verreault, Ahmed Salsa, DJ Udia, Joseph Hanna , OISDF Promoters
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Meher Malik
Meher Malik is the Director of the Banjara School of Dance, India's largest belly dance school. Meher has lived in Oman for 17 years before moving to India in 2006.
She has always been influenced by Arabic music, dance and culture and has been travelling to study bellydance both Egyptian and American tribal at various schools across the globe - Spain, Paris, London, Egypt and Germany. Meher is an Indian classical dancer, dancing Bollywood, Odissi andKathak and is currently working on her own projects on finding the fusion between Indian and Arabic styles of dancing.
Meher has also worked with Salsa India, India's largest salsa company teaching salsa, bellydance and body movement. Meher has taught workshops in Paris, London, Argentina, Singapore and in 20 states in India. Her own unique style of blending bellydance and bollywood stylisations to salsa is what has got her recognised. Meher was also a finalist on "India's Got Talent", the Indian adaptation of "America's Got Talent" in 2008.
Mehar Malik, who teaches at ...
www.hindustantimes.com, 23 Dec 2009 [cached]
Mehar Malik, who teaches at Delhi's Banjara School of Dance, is a professional belly dancer. On her arrival in India a few years ago, she found there was little or no scope for her art. "I was often clubbed with bar dancers and small-time entertainers who dance at parties. No one took my dance or me seriously," she recalls.
Belly Dance Workshop, 22nd to 24th ...
dancehyderabad.com [cached]
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Belly Dance Workshop, 22nd to 24th October with Meher Malik and the Banjara School of Dance
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Choreography by Meher Malik.
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Meher Malik
An accomplished belly dancer in India, Meher is also a master teacher at The Nile Group Festival, Egypt. n the budding days of her dancing career, Meher was one of the finalists (chosen from India and abroad) in Just Dance, the reality show which was featured on Star Plus. In addition, she was also amongst the Top 8 on the show.
Today, Meher Malik is a well known name, and a much sought after master choreographer, with her team, the Banjara Troupe featuring in established movie productions. Meher and the Banjara Troupe have performed at various platforms in the past years.
Says Meher Malik, 24, the ...
www.outlookindia.com, 10 Nov 2012 [cached]
Says Meher Malik, 24, the director of Banjara School of Dance in Delhi, who choreographed Aga Bai, "The enthusiasm is certainly growing among people, but it requires tremendous hard work as it is not an easy dance form.
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Meher lived in West Asia for 17 years, had wanted to study fashion, but gave it up for the sheer love of the dance, which she first saw on a Nile cruise. Now, she manages 15 belly dancing teaching centres in Delhi with more than 600 students. Her troupe will participate in the Tribal Belly Dance Festival in California, the World Theatrical Belly Dance Conference in New York and the India Fiesta Latina in Delhi next year. Meher is optimistic about her chances.
She charges Rs 2,000 for eight hours of classes a month. It may seem steep, but Meher flaunts an impressive resume. A familiar face on reality shows like India's Got Talent and Just Dance, she has a big following of fans and eager pupils. In Bangalore, Sanaz Bakhtiari has had over 2,000 students come to her Sanaz Dance Studio. "Five years ago, I had only four or five students," she says.
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