Samhara By Nrityagram
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Nrityagram (Dance Village) is India`s first modern Gurukul for Indian classical dance and an intentional community set up by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 1990. This residential school for Odissi dance is located outside Bangalore and follows the ancient Guru-shishya tradition where dancers live together and study their art with master gurus in the gurukul (home of the Guru).
The dance village is home to an all-female dance ensemble of the same name, which is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India performing all over the world including an annual tour to the United States. Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, the Ensemble is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century.
The Chitrasena Dance Company is Sri Lanka`s oldest and most prestigious dance company. Established in the 1940s by Guru Chitrasena, who was instrumental in bringing Sri Lanka`s traditional dances from the village rituals to the modern stage, the Dance Company became his vehicle of expression both in traditional dance forms and contemporary dance, which set the standards and transformed dance theatre in Sri Lanka. Today, his dance school and Company led by wife Vajira and daughter Upeka have nurtured his legacy with deep love and respect. Reputed for being the pioneers and revolutionists in the dance sphere in Sri Lanka - they continue to experiment without compromise and use traditional dance language and form to create cutting-edge contemporary dance theatre.