Nityagramam or 'Dance Village' is a small village in Andhra Pradesh created by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 10 acres of land, which can be termed as the Gurukul for dance. According to the founder, village and its descendants are entirely committed to one activity called dance. They eat, drink, sleep, talk, walk and even dream of nothing, but dance. More than passion, it's their life and soul. But now, due to lack of funds, this dance village is facing problems in continuity. If you have that passion for Indian classical dance and looking for a truly Indian way to achieve your passion, then you should once visit this Dance Village. Taking road, you can probably speed up your car through NH46 from Pondicherry and reach straight away to your destination within 5 hours. And if you are looking for bus, then get into bus from Pondicherry to Bangalore and from there catch a cab to Nityagramam. Want more alternates? Train from Pondicherry to Yeshwantpur and a cab from Yeshwantpur to Nityagramam will take around 10 hour's journey.
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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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