The documentary Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance tells the story of the Nrityagram Dance Village, and the Dance Ensemble that has made it world famous.

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The 30-minute version debuted in New York City on January 25th and was well received. The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay said, “I wanted the film to be twice as long.”

So do we.

Nan Melville, the film’s producer, director and filmographer, has funded the project entirely on her own up to this point. Her goal is to expand the film to a full length feature, but doing so is beyond her current budget.

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What The Documentary Is About:

The classical Indian dance form of Odissi, said to have originated approximately 2000 years ago, was originally a temple dance meant to entertain the deity. The movements in Odissi mimic the serpentine poses and minutely detailed gestures of Hindu gods in ancient temple sculptures.

The late Protima Bedi institutionalized Odissi through the founding of Nrityagram in 1988. The dance village is home to an all-female dance ensemble of the same name. Company members live together and study their art with master gurus in the gurukul (house of the guru, or teacher). Since her death in 1998, her vision has not only been continued, but has been expanded upon. Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy work to expand the language of the Odissi dance form based on their study of the Natyashastra – the root of all dance in India, as well as through the incorporation of choreographic techniques adapted from world dance. Surupa has pushed the boundaries of Indian dance and gained international recognition for the dynamic imagery of her choreography. She is constantly in search of ways to create new imagery and movement, and won an award for her contribution to Odissi choreography.

About the School



In 1988, with the help of many supporters, Protima Bedi built Nrityagram. The dance village is home to an all-female dance ensemble of the same name. Company members live together and study their art with master gurus in the gurukul (house of the guru, or teacher). Read More

About the Photographer



Nan Melville is an accomplished photographer and videographer. She has been based in New York City, USA since she left South Africa in 1986. There are very few internationally known dance photographers, but Nan is one of them. Read More