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Nrityagram Tourism

Nrityagram is a dance village is located near Hesarghatta in Bangalore rural district. It lies at a distance of only 35 kilometres away from Bangalore. The village was conceptualized by the well known Odissi dancer Protima Bedi.

In 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". Apart from the exceptional dance, other offerings of this place is the beautifully made village - made up of mud houses, greenery and open spaces gives a pleasing feeling to the visitors and habitants alike. A visit to Nrityagram would also give you the chance to explore the Hessarghatta Reservoir. It lies five kilometers away from the dance village.

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Nrityagram, located near Hesarghatta Lake, is at the distance of thirty kilometres away from Bangalore, based in the Indian state of Karnataka. 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. It was formed and set up by an Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in the year 1990.

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.

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.

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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9 months ago by Rohit Shroff

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

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Not many options to sight see.

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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.

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