Nritya gram is India’s first modern
gurukul for Indian classical dances and
an intentional community in the form
of a dance village, set up by odissi
dancer Protima Gauri in 1990.
Nritya gram designed by “GERARD DA
CUNHA” follows “VERNACULAR” style
Vernacular architecture is a category of architecture based
on localized needs and construction materials, and
reflecting local traditions.
It tends to evolve over time to reflect the environmental,
cultural, technological, and historical context in which it
exists. While often not thoroughly and academically
planned, this kind architecture played and still plays a major
role in the history of architecture and design, especially in
The black house, Scotland.
Vernacular architecture of Rural and Small-town Missouri
by Howard Wight Marshall , United States.
Temple at the entrance of Nritya gram.
Designed and built by Ray Meeker in 1998.
It is fashioned from the raw mud of the
locality and was fired after it was built.
It is decorated with panels depicting the
elements, dance motifs, mudras and
designs costumes and jewels.
Inside is a granite rock scooped out to hold
water and a flame that stays lit.
At present the area in front of the temple is
used as a yoga centre and also used for
Many built parts are of stone
Usage of arches at many places
have been done
Arches which were supported by
pressure no mortar between them.
Arches are used to support the
stairs and also used as entrances at
The columns and the beams are
set out without mortar.
Lots of importance given to
natural ventilation and sky lights.