Source: The Hindu; Author: Devina Dutt; Photo Courtesy: Nan Melville

Nrityagram, the dance village set in rural Hessaraghatta, is only two hours away by road from Bangalore but seems worlds apart. Spread over 10 acres, the space combines the traditions of the past with the feel of a modern conservatory capable of refreshing itself through a dialogue with old and new knowledge systems. An amphitheatre, open-air performance space, outreach programmes with rural communities through arts and dance, and a rigorous rehearsal regimen with students who stay for three to six years learning Odissi and other dance forms constitute the diverse facets of Nrityagram. Each year, NCPA invites a renowned dance institution to be resident at NCPA to present their work in a series of programmes, lec-dems, master classes and seminars. This year, NCPA will host Nrityagram from 25 August to 2 September, bringing this unique dance company to Mumbai audiences, giving us a chance to go deeper into the details of their exquisite Odissi choreography and technique.

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Dance ensemble from Nrityagram. Photo: Nan Melville