Nityagram, located in Bangalore, Karnataka is well known for its Indian Classical Dance school setup by Odissi dancer, Protima Gauri in the year 1990. It was established in the form of a dance village or Gurukul system thus giving training in various dance forms of the country. So all the dance freaks will find this destination pleasing. The dance village is located near Hessarghatta, 30kms from Bangalore, spread over an area of 10 acres. One may wish to visit Hessarghatta Reservoir, which is about 5kms from Nityagram. There one can also find the Hessarghatta Lake built across the Arkavathy River. In Nityagram, one can visit the Taj Kuteeram, and hotel part of Taj group of hotels for refreshment. Nityagram is about 162kms from Mysore, and it takes about 3.5hrs to travel by road. There are cars available from Mysore to reach Nityagram, which will cost around Rs.3750. By road, one can find Kannapa Swamy temple on the way just before reaching Nityagram. There are also direct trains available between the two. One may choose from Shatabdi Express, Ajmer Express, Chamundi Express, Chennai Express, all of them can be boarded from Mysore Junction. No direct flights are available.
Distance between Mysore and Nrityagram is and the average travel time is using a cab.
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Nrityagram literally means dance village. The village was set up with the intention of having a whole village dedicated to the training of various classical dance forms of India. It is regarded as the first modern form of Gurkul where even today the Guru-Shishya tradition is followed. The village is located 30 km away from Bangalore. To reach Nrityagram from Bangalore one can hire a cab from Savaari cab services which offers cheap and comfortable services. It was founded by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 1990. Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak,Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri is taught here, eight hours a day, six days a week for seven years. Its founder, Protima Gauri's own words, "It is a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature. A place where nothing exists, except dance. A place where you breathe, eat, sleep, dream, talk, imagine - dance. A place where all the five senses can be refined to perfection. A place where dancers drop negative qualities such as jealousy, small-mindedness, greed and malice to embrace their colleagues as sisters and support each other in their journey towards becoming dancers of merit.".
Protima left Mumbai in 1989 to start the dance village, the land was given on lease by state government and by 1990 the institution had taken root, inaugurated on May 11, 1990, by the then Prime Minister, V.P. Singh. The building started coming up soon after, designed by Gerard Da Cunha, following the vernacular architecture of the region. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble made its New York debut in 1996 and received rave reviews.
A thoughtfully evolved temple was built in 1998, welcomes people to the Nrityagram, near Hesaraghatta Lake, it depicts the image of Kelucharan Mohapatra, guru of founder Protima Bedi in a dancing pose. The caption given for the picture states:
Temple at Nrityagram. Fashioned from the raw mud of Nrityagram and fired after it was built, the temple is dedicated to space. It is decorated with panels depicting the elements, dance motifs, mudras and designs from costumes and ghungroos. Inside is a granite rock scooped out to hold water and a flame that stays lit.
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