Nrityagram is India's first modern Gurukul (residential school) for Indian classical dances and an intentional community in the form of a dance village, set up by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 1990. The residential school offers training in Indian classical dance forms, Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri, eight hours a day, six days a week for seven year, following the ancient Guru-shishya tradition.
Designed by Gerard Da Cunha, the community is situated near Hesaraghatta Lake 30 km away from Bangalore. Today the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble has performed across India, in many countries abroad. A thoughtfully evolved temple, built in 1998, welcomes people to the Nrityagram, near Hesaraghatta Lake. It depicts the image of Kelucharan Mohapatra, guru of founder Protima Bedi in a dancing pose.