About

Noopura naada is a designed therapeutic programme incorporating techniques from Bharatanatyam, Yoga and Ayurveda.

Bharatanatyam

Bharatanatyam is an Indian Classical dance originating from the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It’s foundations trace back to the ancient Indian scripture by Bharata Muni (Sage) called Natya Shastra, which outlines the principles and guidelines for Indian Classical Dances. Bharatanatyam is noted for its fixed upper torso, knees flexed out posture combined with spectacular footwork, a sophisticated vocabulary of sign language based on gestures of hands, eyes and facial expressions.

Yoga & Ayurveda

Yoga is a set of tools and techniques to eliminate stress, achieve mental clarity, emotional balance & wellbeing. The knowledge of Ayurveda establishes healthful habits through attunement of the body to the natural cycles of the day. It is a simple and effective way to balance the body and mind.

Noopura Naada

Mission: “Noopura Naada is a thought that aims at propagating the art and science of Bharatanatyam. Over the years, the relevance and the impact of this thought have grown stronger. We invite you to participate in this initiative and support us for the cause of Bharatanatyam and its legacy.”

Noopura Naada has performed at coveted platforms and dance festivals across Ireland and India.

Meghana Vasisht

Meghana is an art enthusiast. She started her Bharatanatyam tutelage at the age of 5 under the guidance of Ajanta Cultural and Educational Society.  A student of Bharatanatyam for over twenty years, Meghana hones her soloist skills under renowned dancer Smt. Shruti Gopal.

Meghana has presented over 500 stage performances across several parts of India and Ireland. She completed her ‘Arangetram’ in the year 2008 under the guidance of Ajanta Cultural and Educational Society at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, India.

Meghana has secured a distinction in her Bharatanatyam certification exams held by the Karnataka State Government. She is a member of the Examiner Committee at the Karnataka Dance Examination Board.

Meghana has a postgraduate degree in Translational Oncology, an undergraduate degree in Ayurveda (Indian System of Medicine)  and Diplomas in Music and Yoga.

Meghana has brought together these learnings and has designed the Noopura naada programme.

Highlighted Dance Performances:

  • Sri Krishna Leela– A dance drama on the life of Sri Krishna has been performed at several platforms in Ireland by Meghana and team Noopura Naada since 2017. It was telecasted on the RTE (Ireland’s National Television Network).
  • Meghana represented Indian Dance in the Dublin Dancers and Dreams-Photography and Dance project curated by French photographer Anne Sophie.
  • Meghana presented a Kruthi, dance item depicting the attributes of Lord Vishnu at City hall, Dublin, Ireland. It was featured on the RTE news.
  • A special choreography of Bharatanatyam and Irish Tap Dance.
  • Arangetram” at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bangalore, India. Arangetram is an old tradition, which marks the pathway for a dancer to then perform alone or be able to give training to other dancers.
  • Performed in a South Indian movie for a classical dance.
  • Guruwayoor temple, Kerala, India – Performance on Bala Leelas of Lord Krishna (Childhood tales of Lord Krishna)
  • Jaganmohana Palace, Mysore, India -Performance on a dance drama that depicts the glory of Lord Ganesh from Indian mythology.
  • Vellore Lakshmi Temple, Tamil Nadu, India -Performance on Ashta Lakshmi (Story and glory of Goddess Lakshmi- Goddess of wealth)
  • Mount Abu, Rajasthan, India -Special dance and yoga fusion performance called “Tarangam” where dancer balances a pot filled with water on the head and lamp lit over the pot. This dance narrates the greatness of the Indian State Karnataka.
  • ETV Kannada – State Television channel – Performed the character of Goddess Parvathi in a Dance Drama.
  • Zee Kannada – State Television Channel – Contemporary and Classical fusion dance performance.
  • ISKCON– Hare Krishna Temple, Bangalore, India – Dance recital depicting the love between Lord Krishna, his love interest Radha and numerous other female companions
  • An event with Times of India– leading Indian newspaper -Performed Pushpanjali- an inaugural dance item
  • Yuva Sourabha (Karnataka State sponsored Cultural Event) -Ravindra Kala Kshetra, Bangalore, India. Performed Margam- A complete dance recital starting from salutation to vote of thanks.
  • Charity fundraising event for women and children, Bangalore, India -Dance drama on the affectionate relationship between Lord Krishna and his mother Yashoda

Awards

  • Kalasha Award 2006 (Rotary Inner Wheel Club) – Social service and teaching dance to visually challenged.
  • Keerthi Shree Award – Obtained from Natya Kusumanjali, a private dance magazine.
  • Udgoshaki Gurunamana – Obtained from Ajantha Cultural and Educational Society, Bangalore for excellent teaching skills in Bharatanatyam.
  • Uttama Natanagarthi (best actress award) – Obtained the best actress award for her theatre performance in a drama show in Town Hall, Bangalore.
  • Karnataka Youth Excellence Award – Obtained from Yuva Bharata Pustaka Nidhi, Karnataka state for her dance, yoga, music and martial arts versatility at the age of 17.
  • Jivika Award 2016 – For obtaining the first Rank in the final year of Under Graduate Medicine Course.
  • Prathiba Puraskara 2017 – For obtaining distinction grades in the Under Graduate Medicine Course.

Tutoring Experience

  • She has experience in teaching dance to students of various age groups since 2008.
  • Taught dance to visually challenged.
  • Bharatanatyam Margam.

Choreography Experience

  • Bharatanatyam Choreography for a State television reality show.
  • Choreographed a classical dance ballet depicting the incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi
  • Choreographed a Dance Drama depicting the devotion of Lord Shiva’s disciples for a school annual event
  • Classical and Contemporary dance fusion
  • Summer Festival at Premiere Art Institute, Bangalore, India -Yoga and Bharatanatyam fusion dance.