Nrityagram, the Dance Village


I spent a beautiful Saturday morning at the Nrityagram, the celebrated dance school and venue of Bangalore’s Woodstock- the Vasanthahabba. It was gratifying to know that the ancient Gurukul system of learning is still kept very much alive at Nrityagram, apart from the fact that some of the country’s finest dancers are produced and nurtured here.

Lord Nataraja witnesses the dance rehearsal at the Odissi Gurukul

An Odissi dancer strikes a pose

An Odissi Guru teaches her students

Music for the dance

Noted Odissi dancer and teacher Bijayani Satpathy at the school

Special thanks to Veeresh, for arranging the shoot
More info about Nrityagram here

9 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on September 3rd, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

    some excellent pics; in particular, the last one of bijayani..fabulous! i’m thinking of converting to b&w myself!

  2. Sabir (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    Pictures are superb, Vivek. I wish you could post more pictures and write a bit more about the place.

  3. rubic_cube (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 12:48 am

    the first and the third are my favorites from the lot. i specifically loved the third one because of the mudra. my wife learnt dance and can explain me the nuances of mudras.

  4. praveen (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 8:04 am

    Nice pictures Vivek! Glad to know that you had a good time there. Love the pictures esp love the 5th one..the dancer and the harmonium player beautiful light and nice capture.

  5. Srihari (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    Great pics Doc! Must have been a nice shoot…my personal fav is the “Music for the dance”…nice perspective.

  6. usha (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 4:21 pm


  7. Sandeep (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    agree with Sabir, some more description please.

  8. Divs (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Great Pics Vivek!! Yes its very true that after Protima this place is still kept alive with its principles and the gurukul system. Nrityagram is a place of utmost sanctity which i truly believe in, being an exponent of bharatnatyam. I think you have captured that beautifully in B&W. Dance is an art form so full of color/vibrance and you have managed to bring that vibrance even in B&W. Still felt that the beautiful vegetation in nrityagram could have been captured and the nataraj could have been clearer. :) the odissi dancer’s pose is a good one.

  9. sou (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    Hi Vivek I found the first snap you’ve taken of nitya gram extremely beutiful and have postd the same on my blog with credits to you.. if you have any objection to this, please let me know shall remove it rightaway. Thanks.

    I really need to visit Nrityagram…

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