Nrityagram Indian Dance Ensemble arrives at UGA



UGA Presents Brings Nrityagram Dance Ensemble from India in Athens on October 6 for a performance at 3 p.m. in the Hodgson Concert Hall. The award-winning ensemble will be joined by the Chitrasena Dance Company of Sri Lanka for a program of traditional music and dance.

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is considered one of India’s premier dance companies, performing around the world, including an annual tour of the United States. The company presents Indian classical dance known as Odissi. Originally a sacred ritual dedicated to the gods, Odissi is one of the oldest dance traditions in the world.

Nrityagram, which means ‘dancing village’, is located outside of Bangalore, India. It was founded in 1990 by dancer Odissi Protima Gauri, who converted ten acres of farmland into a setting for the study, practice and teaching of dance. Nrityagram is a learning center where dancers from all over the world live, in an atmosphere that fosters artistic exploration and development.

The artistic director of the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, Surupa Sen, recently received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from the Indian National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, the highest honor bestowed on an artist in India.

Tickets for the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble start at $ 30 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $ 10 with valid UGA ID (limit of one ticket per student).

A pre-performance talk will be given by Leera Rawal, Kathak dancer and Smt disciple. Kumudiniben Lakhia and Pandit Birju Maharaj. The lecture begins at 2:15 p.m. in the Ramsey Concert Hall and is open to the public.

The performance is supported by Jinx and Gordhan Patel and Malcolm and Priscilla Sumner.

The Hodgson Concert Hall and the Ramsey Concert Hall are located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.

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