India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble coming to Athens

September 12, 2019

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble performing on stage.

ATHENS, Ga. —UGA Presents is bringing India’s Nrityagram Dance Ensemble to Athens Oct. 6 for a 3 p.m. performance in Hodgson Concert Hall. The award-winning ensemble will be joined by Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company for a program of traditional music and dance.

The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is regarded as one of the foremost dance companies of India, performing all around the globe, including an annual tour to the United States. The company showcases the 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 “dance village,” is located outside Bangalore, India. It was founded in 1990 by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri, who converted ten acres of farmland into a setting for the study, practice and teaching of dance. Nrityagram is a center of learning where dancers from all over the world live, in an atmosphere that nurtures artistic exploration and development.

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble artistic director Surupa Sen was recently honored with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award from India’s National Academy of Music, Dance and Drama, the highest recognition given to 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 a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).

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

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

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