Nrityagram Dance Village is 30 Kms. from Bangalore (Bengaluru) via Tumkur Road towards Hessarghatta. This dance village is founded by Protima Gauri, one of the finest Odissi dancers of India. Nrityagram means a vilage of dance (Nritya-dance, gram - village)
This is a good place to visit during your Bangalore holiday travel and gives you a chance to see ancient Indian dance and art forms come to life.
Classical Dancers at NrityaGram, BangaloreThe famous dance village trains young dancers in all disciplines of traditional Indian dance. She built this unique village for classical dancers around the norms of a traditional gurukula, the system of education of ancient India.
Here, students from all over the world are trained in various Indian dance forms including Bharatnatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi.
Vasantha Habba or Spring Festival in Nritya Gram
Every year, in the first week of February, Nrityagram conducts the Vasantha Habba or the festival of spring. This institute is now managed by Ms. Lynne Fernandes, after the demise of Ms. Protima Gauri Bedi. (This has benn stopped since 2005 due to the Tsunami and also lack of funds)
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."
Leading musicians and dancers from all over the country participate and this brings the students as well as the connoisseur and common man in touch with the best musical talents in the country.
A through-the-night dance and music festival is held in February. It attracts almost 30,000 spectators. The seats are priced. Vasanta Habba, a cultural event organised by Nrityagram is known as the classical Woodstock of India.
Wikipedia says" Vasanta Habba (Kannada:ವಸಂತ ಹಬ್ಬ) which means spring festival in the Kannada language is a cultural festival organised by the Nrityagram foundation in the city of Bangalore, India. It is a very popular event and is considered the classical Woodstock of India.
This festival, first held in the year 1990, was the brainchild of Protima Bedi, the founder of Nrityagram. The festival which is held in the premises of Nrityagram at Hesaraghatta in the outskirts of Bangalore; attracts the best musicians, dancers and cultural artists from across India. Starting from an audience of about 3000 in its inaugural year, the 2003 edition saw over 40,000 people attending the event.
Where is it: It is situated at Hessarghatta, Bangalore (Bengaluru) rural district. You can also stay here overnight to get the feel of this rustic Indian charm.
Phone: 28466312, 28466313, 28466314. Dance Classes are also held here; contact Nityagram directly if you want to enroll in a class.
Address: Nrityagram, Hessaraghatta, Bangalore 560 088, Karnataka, India. You could also take a look at Nritya Gram's website to more about Indian Dance and art culture.
(Photo Credit: Lavannya)
Hesarghatta itself is a tourist spot for Bird watching, boating and wind-surfing. It also has an artificial lake, a dairy and a horticulture farm.