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"India's Only Dance Community Village"

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A dance village located near Hesarghatta in rural Karnataka, Nrityagram was conceptualized by renowned Odissi dancer Protima Bedi in 1990. Situated at a distance of only 35 kilometres from Bangalore, Nrityagram is "a community of dancers in a forsaken place amidst nature" in Protima Gauri's own words. Apart from the exceptional dance school, other offerings of this place is the beautifully made village which consists of mud houses, greenery and open spaces to give a calm and serene feeling to its visitors and students. 

It is the first modern residential school in India and only imparts education, both theory and practical, on the subjects of various Indian classical dance forms. Nrityagram is a community which takes the form of a dance village. A visit to Nrityagram would also give you the chance to explore the Hessarghatta Reservoir which lies five kilometres away from the dance village.

Training in several Indian classical dance forms like that of Bharatnatyam, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali, Manipuri and Kuchipudi is offered here. Nrityagram was designed by Gerard da Cunha, who was an immensely famous Indian architect. It follows the old Indian student - teacher tradition. Nrityagram also sends dance troupes to perform on a global level and has been doing this since the year 1996.

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1. Temple of Dedication

The temple of dedication built in 1998, stands erect near the Hesaraghatta Lake to welcome people to Nrityagram. It depicts Protima Bedi's guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in a dancing pose. The inscription at the temple describing it says 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.

2. Amphitheatre

Made from the red earth of the village, this is one of the most famous structures of Nrityagram. The annual festival of Vasant Habba takes place in the amphitheatre.

3. Dance Gurukuls

Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak Gurukuls are some of the most famous dance schools here. One can go and watch the class in a session that often takes place in an open arena. The students of these schools participate in the dance festivals and competitions both in the country and internationally and have received many accolades.

4. Gardens

The village boasts of beautifully maintained gardens that grow fruits, vegetables and flowers. The garden is nurtured by the inhabitants with love and tenderness that strolling in the gardens is a delightful pleasure.

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This place can easily be covered in a day as everything is within walking distance of each other once you're in the village. You start by visiting the temple early morning and then visit the Gurukuls to see the art in motion. After lunch, you can stroll through the gardens and check out the Amphitheatre. Later, you can visit Gurukuls of other dance forms and even get to learn a few moves if you request. You can choose to leave for Hesaraghatta reservoir having covered all the spots in Nrityagram or stay in one of the lodges and experience the village life of staying in mud huts, enjoying another day of dance and beauty. You can visit the reservoir, early next morning when the atmosphere is cool. It is recommended to stay at least two days to soak in the spirituality and beauty of this place.

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How to Reach Nrityagram

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Nrityagram is located on the outskirts of Bangalore city. Hence there is very little modes of transport. It is accessible easily through roads but the buses that ply there from Bangalore are limited. Nrityagram does not have its own railway station or bus station. It is not directly connected to any other town or city by any means of transport. 

How to reach Nrityagram by flight

The closest airport is the Bangalore International Airport located in Bangalore, which is at the distance of 34 km from Nrityagram. From here you can hire a taxi or catch a bus or take a train to Nrityagram.

How to reach Nrityagram by road

From Bangalore, take the National Highway 4 also known as Tumkur Road. After crossing, Yeshwantpur and Peenya on the way, follow the signs towards Hessaraghatta road. Once there, you'll see sign boards for Nrityagram.

How to reach Nrityagram by train

Nrityagram doesn't have a railway station; the nearest one is the Bangalore Railway station situated 27 km from Nrityagram. Taxis and buses are easily available from the railway station to take you to Nrityagram.

How to reach Nrityagram by bus

There are buses going towards Nrityagram. The bus stop closest is the Doddy bus stop, which is a direct bus if you get in from the main Majestic bus stop. After this, you have to walk or take a rickshaw for 1.5km. The ride duration is approximately 2 hours.

Local transport in Nrityagram

If travelling from Bangalore, you can avail all public transport facilities. There are regular local buses that go to Nrityagram from there you can take a rickshaw to get around. You can also hire a private vehicle or a cab.

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What is famous about Nrityagram?

Conveniently connected to Bangalore. Very Informative about culture and tradition.

What is not so good about Nrityagram?

Not many options to sight see.

Who should visit Nrityagram?

Nrityagram is an ideal destination for dance lovers. It attracts a lot of visitors as it has a serene ambience and an eco-friendly setup. You can visit this place while on a trip tp Bangalore.

What is the best time to visit Nrityagram?

Located close to Bangalore, it has a pleasant weather throughout the year. The summer season is mild with the temperature ranging around 34 degrees Celcius. The monsoon season is windy, with mild to heavy rains. The winter season is also mild with the temperature remaining around a pleasant 10 degrees Celcius. Their annual festival of Vasant Habba (Spring festival) is celebrated in February where there is an all night long carnival of music and dance organised by Nrityagram.
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What is the local food in Nrityagram?

The local food here is predominated by South India cuisine.

However, owing to the influx of tourists and students that come from around the world to learn the art, different kinds of food is available to suit everyone's need.
The food found here is simple yet humbly fulfilling.
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What is the best way to reach Nrityagram?

Nrityagram is located on the outskirts of Bangalore city. Hence there is very little modes of transport. It is accessible easily through roads but the buses that ply there from Bangalore are limited. Nrityagram does not have its own railway station or bus station. It is not directly connected to any other town or city by any means of transport. 
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How much does a package cost for Nrityagram?

The packages for Nrityagram start at INR 5000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the places near Nrityagram?

The top places near to Nrityagram are Bangalore which is 25 km from Nrityagram, Nandi hills which is located 32 km from Nrityagram, Savandurga which is located 32 km from Nrityagram, Shivagange which is located 34 km from Nrityagram, Anthargange which is located 68 km from Nrityagram

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5 years ago
Nrityagram is located at Hessaraghatta, Bengaluru.
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- Summers are extremely hot here so make sure you check the weather before you plan a trip.
- Due to tourism, some resorts and hotels have come up in the vicinity, you can avail good food from her (Read More)e.
- Take care not to litter or create nuisance when in the Gurukuls, temple, gardens; people here hold silence and discipline in the utmost regard.
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