Aarti Bajaj, the multifaceted Australian-Indian creative director of Wild Dreamer Productions and lead performer in the stage spectacular MEERA has created history by taking a pioneering step in the field of Indian performing arts.

Ms Bajaj has partnered with registered training organisation TOC Australia to offer one of the first nationally recognised Certificate ll in Dance (CUA20113) and a Certificate III in Assistant Dance Teaching (CUA30313) in Australia, contextualised for Indian Classical and Contemporary dance.

The mother-of-two and medical sonographer is also the director of Gold Coast-based Indian classical and contemporary dance academy, Navrasa. Ms Bajaj is on a mission to spread Indian culture through dance and arts, proving there is more to Indian performing arts than Bollywood. “There is so much more to Indian dance, it is not properly propagated or spread in the wider world. Being professionally trained with a degree in dance, I am really passionate to bring real colours out to the world,” said Ms Bajaj. “My goal is to break different boundaries using globalisation and modernisation, to shine a light on different cultures multiple art forms, races, cultures collaborating together on professional platforms.”

A major motivation for Ms Bajaj is to create a platform where she can give different artists the opportunity where they do not need a profile to share their talent – if they have talent, she intends to bring the platform to them.

Ms Bajaj’s tireless work to expose Indian culture to a broader audience has been recognised with her being named as one of three finalists in the inaugural Gold Coast Bulletin and Harvey Norman Gold Coast Women of The Year awards in The Entertainers category, and a nominee in Pro Bono Australia’s 2018 Impact 25! awards. Furthermore, after three rounds of auditions, Ms Bajaj has been selected to represent Australia at the 23rd Annual World Championships of Performing Arts 2019 – often referred to as The Talent Olympics.

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