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Old 12th October 2008, 23:30   #1
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Post Nrityagram !!!

We were thinking about going to this place for sometime, and it happened on 11-Oct-2008, saturday. Nrityagram is the place where, resident courses for the indian classical dances of different forms, are provided. Usually, the top-brass of the respective dance stream gives training to the students. (NRITYAGRAM - home) Its about 35 Km from Bangalore.

We went there expecting it to be a burstling place with cultural activities, but on the contrary, it appeared to be a very quiet and isolated place. True to its name it has a rugged village set-up, at the same time extremely clean and hygenic. "Gurukul" for the different dance-streams will take place there, which is open to visitors, from 10am-2pm. The day we visited, there was the odyssey Gurukul going on. For those people who have serious interest in classical dance, it could be an extremely knowledgeable outing, and others can watch them performing with jaw-dropping awe. Admissions to Nrityagram is to a very few hand-picked talented students (18 years of age, after their 12th) and it was said that the tranings recently have become difficult with the non-availability of tutors, who, usually, are very reputed and hence constantly travelling all over the world. Its a small place, so watching the Gurukul sessions and a leisure walk around the place will not take more than 2 hrs. Its adviceable to call them before, and knowing what are the Gurukul sessions scheduled on that day.

Snaps are attached (in the order we visited within the campus). The 3rd and 4th from last are the pics of the amphi-theatre where the annual vasantha habba is celebrated. The road snaps are of the roads surrounding the Nrityagram.

Route: After exactly 6.4 km from the Metro Yeswanthpur along the Tumkur road, you will see a black glass building on the right side. Take the right turn onto the Hessarghatta Main road. After you turned, you'll see an IBP petrol pump on the left right there. Keep going along the main road, for the next 22+km, following the signs of Taj Kuteeram and Nrityagram.

Road: Extremely good from the turn onto Hessarghatta main road, until Nrityagram.

The only option for lunch is the Taj Kuteeram, which obviously expensive (Rs 620/- per person for a fixed menu lunch), so packing a picnic lunch can be a good idea. There are a lot of natural greenery around for you to have a picnic lunch.

We also drove to the near-by Eco resort, our native village, inspired by one of the threads in T-BHP, especially, the sprawling savanna-like stretch. Its definitely worth the effort. We did'nt go into the resort, since we've not planned that for the day.The last stretch to our native village is bad,which I think, is intentional.
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