The Sanskrit word Sriyah, which means sri, embodies the creative journey of the search of the goddess. The ancient wisdom, sacred rituals, divine transformation are unveiled and interpreted in an electrifying dance. Come watch, and you might witness a sacred transfiguration- from stage to temple, and from woman to goddess.
The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Internationally regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India that has nurtured celebrated dancers such as Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy, the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble performs all over India, tours the US annually, and regularly presents work in Europe, UK, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. Although dedicated to ancient practice, the ensemble is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century by exploring creative interpretations of tradition.
At Nrityagram, dancers from all over the world live in an atmosphere that nurtures artistic exploration and development. Reminiscent of ancient ashrams where gurus imparted not only technique but also a philosophy of being. This is a creative space where dancers, musicians and choreographers live together, sharing their skills and developing their art. In a serendipitous moment, Protima Gauri was first introduced to the classical arts in her late twenties. She walking into the wrong theatre and was immediately captivated by Odissi dance, which forever changed her life. This moment inspired her to envision a place that would allow the same life-changing opportunity to others. Inaugurated in 1990, the Nrityagram dance village is located outside Bangalore, India built on ten acres of farmland, which were converted into a setting for the study, practice and teaching of dance.
NRITYAGRAM DANCE VILLAGE
Nrityagram is India’s first modern Gurukul, dedicated to creating excellence through the traditional method of learning, which is the Guru-Shishya Parampara referred to as mentorship in modern times. With over 200 students, Nrityagram fosters the artistic, intellectual and personal growth of the dancers and prepares them for successful and productive lives as artists and citizens, as well as to become leaders in their professions. The training system includes a unique, scientific body-conditioning programme that is sourced from Yoga, Natyashastra, Kalaripayattu, Western fitness methods and Odissi exercises. This training method is designed to increase the performance lifespan of a dancer and is much sought-after by accomplished dance and movement professionals from different disciplines. Choreographers, musicians, writers, and theatre practitioners from all over the world visit, to perform and conduct workshops and seminars in their area of practice. This blend of traditional knowledge with contemporary understanding and application is Nrityagram’s hallmark and strengthens its position as a ground-breaking institution.